Neem oil is a vegetable oil that can protect plants from pest infestations. Neem oil kills a wide variety of insects, including aphids, mealybugs, whiteflies, leafhoppers, thrips, fungus gnats, and other garden pests like spider mites and nematodes. It can also kill fungal diseases like powdery mildew and black spot.
How to Use Neem Oil
Neem oil works as a preventative method as well as pest control for an existing infestation. Use neem oil during the morning or evening hours. Avoid using it during the middle of the day, as the combination of neem oil and direct sunlight can burn the plants. Neem oil is effective throughout the growing season, as it can kill pests during every stage of their lifecycle including eggs.
Neem Oil is safe for pets. Other synthetic pesticides will leave toxic residue behind that can harm animals. Neem oil, on the other hand, is organic, biodegradable and non-toxic. It is safe for birds and domestic pets. This makes it easy to use on indoor plants.
You can use it to control insects at any stage. If used well, it will not harm bees, butterflies or ladybugs. It will also keep mosquitos away during those summer events.