The use of neem oil is very popular in certain parts of the world, particularly the Indian , where neem is such a cultural staple.
Is Neem Oil Effective Against Insects?
Neem oil is highly effective against insects, but unlike many other insecticides and , the effects are not immediate. Neem is a highly valued plant in many cultures around the world and is not known for its in humans. This leads to many people doubting the efficacy of this oil against insects. That being said, the effects of this oil on insects is quite unique; the impact that it can have on will disrupt normal pathways in their . This may result in their inability to eat, mate or perform other basic processes necessary for survival. Therefore, extended exposure to this oil will gradually decrease your insect infestation, without damaging the crops, other animals, children or end-consumers of crops and products. Additionally, neem oil has a powerful scent that many insects find unappealing, causing them to avoid the areas with that scent.
This delayed effect of neem oil is particularly good for eliminating sucking and chewing insects, which are common pests for agriculture. Many dismiss the efficacy of this oil, but with a bit of , you can enjoy a side effects-free method of cutting down on your insect problem.
How to Make Neem Oil as an Insecticide?
- Step 1: Purchase 100% pure neem oil from a natural health store or online.
- Step 2: Choose neem oil to prevent any or risk to your soil/crops.
- Step 3: Mix 5 mL of neem oil with 2 mL of liquid dish soap in a large jug/bottle.
- Step 4: Shake the combination thoroughly and pour into a spray bottle.
- Step 5: Spray the neem oil mixture to any areas where insects have done damage or can be regularly found.
You will want to use this neem oil insecticide within 8 hours of preparation, as the constituents will begin to interact and break down, making it less effective.