Neem, The Indoor Gardeners New Best Friend?April 20, 2020
When looking for a safe and effective product to control bugs and disease in your indoor garden, look no further than neem oil. It’s a powerful organic solution to your most difficult-to-manage infestations.
So what is neem oil? Neem oil is a natural byproduct of the neem tree. The oil is harvested from the trees’ seeds and leaves.
With all of its benefits, neem oil is probably best known for its use as a safe and effective insecticide. Let’s take a look at the some of the top neem oil benefits and uses in the garden.
Synthetic pesticides that work on contact often build up in the surrounding environment, leaving toxic residue behind that can harm and even kill pets and other animals in the area.
Neem oil, on the other hand, is biodegradable and non-toxic. It’s safe for birds, pets, fish, livestock or other area wildlife when used. Green Trading’s neem insecticide is specifically formulated for garden use being naturally emulsified to make it water soluble.
Better yet, neem oil kills insects at all stages of development — adult, larvae and egg. The active chemical in neem oil, azadirachtin, gets rid of insects in a few different ways:
- As an antifeedant
- As a hormone disruptor
- By smothering
Azadirachtin will force the insect or pest to stop eating the leaves.
When insects come into contact with neem oil, it also prevents the bug from transforming into its next stage of development by disrupting regulatory hormones.
Neem oil is an effective pesticide that gets rid of over 200 species of insects, not just a few. Some of the most common include:
- Leaf hoppers
- White flies
It is even effective at controlling nemotodes but leaves beneficial earthworms well alone. Mother Nature at her resounding best wouldn’t you say!
We’d even suggest using neem when your plants are dormant to nip overwintering pests, literally in the bud before they have a chance to spoil your plant the following spring.