Faculty Advisor

MacDonald, John C.

Faculty Advisor

Spanagel, David I.


This paper focuses on the use of chemical eradication as a response to Asian Longhorn Beetle infestation. Situated firmly in the historical context of the environmentalist movement, as well as the context of chemical pesticides, the project evaluates the use of the chemical pesticide Imidacloprid, used since the beetle’s first appearance in Worcester, Massachusetts. Soil samples were collected from two sites and analyzed using gas chromatography for their current levels of Imidacloprid. The group found concentrations ranging on average from 0.00301 to 0.02480 milligrams of Imidacloprid per kilogram of soil at one site; the other site presented undetectable concentrations. According to current EPA standards for pesticide persistence, these results do not pose a threat to living organisms.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts