1. IT’S SAFE TO USE AROUND PETS AND WILDLIFE.
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.
2. IT’S ORGANIC AND BIODEGRADABLE.
Neem oil is a natural derivative of the neem tree . This makes it organic and biodegradable.
To extract neem oil, the tree seeds are crushed. Then water or a solvent is added to finish the process.
Neem oil made from cold-pressed neem seeds .
3. IT DOESN’T CREATE “DEATH ZONES” AS OTHER INSECTICIDES CAN.
Neem oil insecticide does not create a dead zone around treated plants, trees or shrubs like other synthetic insecticides can. It only targets leaf-sucking and chewing insects.
4. YOU CAN USE IT TO CONTROL INSECTS AT ALL STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT.
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.
5. IT EFFECTIVELY CONTROLS HUNDREDS OF INSECTS.
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
6. NEEM OIL INSECTICIDES ARE EFFECTIVE AT CONTROLLING NEMATODES.
Nematodes are difficult to control and can be very destructive to plants. Certain extracts from neem kernels have shown to provide good control over root-knot nematodes . Neem oil works by preventing larvae from hatching.
7. BENEFICIAL EARTHWORMS WON’T BE HARMED.
While traditional chemical pesticides can harm earthworms, neem oil has the opposite effect by encouraging earthworm activity.
Why is this important? Earthworms are beneficial to garden soil. As they tunnel though the dirt, they create pathways that allow air and rain water to reach plant roots. These little guys also leave behind excrement, known as casts, that contain nutrients for the soil, including potassium, nitrogen and phosphorous. When earthworms die, their decaying bodies also help fertilize the soil.