Potential of Indian traditional medicinal plant turmeric as insecticide Antifeedant and insect repellent against household, museum and library insect pests
Sandeep Kumar, Karuna Singh, KN Dwivedi
Indian traditional medicine system has a substantial knowledge of plants for all uses from medicine to spices. Many plants are being used as insect repellent and insecticides from long time traditionally, these plant based insecticides are safe for human health and livestock, available locally and easily, and are economical as well as environment friendly. Studies conducted on these plants have revealed that these can be an alternative for conventional chemical insecticides. However, due to toxic and harmful nature chemical insecticides are not advisable to use against nuisance insect pest of library museum and homes where there is a possibility that they can come in human contact directly. The objective of this study is to review the potential, of traditional medicinal plant turmeric to control and manage domestic, library and museum insect pests. Turmeric rhizome powder is used all over the world as essential spices, medicine and colouring agent; without any health issues. Turmeric fresh juice, rhizome powder and leaf essential oils are reported for its potential natural pesticides for crop and grain protection. The study confirms the claim that turmeric is a cast effective, environmentally safe and health friendly household insecticide. Turmeric can also be used in library and museums to protect books and artifacts from insects effectively.