Neem oil works!
Neem oil has many complex active ingredients. Rather than being simple poisons, these ingredients are similar to the hormones that insects produce. Insects take up the neem oil ingredients just like natural hormones. Neem enters the system and blocks the real hormones from working properly. Insects “forget” to eat, to mate, or they stop laying eggs. Some forget that they can fly.
Insects that are too confused to eat or breed will not survive. The population eventually plummets, and they disappear. The cycle is broken.
How precisely it works is difficult for scientists to find out. There are numerous active substances in neem oil, and every insect species has a slightly different reaction to the insecticide.
Neem oil does not hurt beneficial insects – only chewing and sucking insects are affected.
Like real hormones, neem oil insecticide works at very low concentrations, in the parts per million range. A little neem oil goes a long way.
Neem oil leaves a natural shine on leaves without clogging stomata (the “breathing organ” of the leaf).
Neem oil controls:
– Garden Snails And Slugs
– Aphids, Armyworms
– Bean Leaf Beetles, Colorado Potato Beetles, Cucumber Beetles, Japanese Beetles
– Hornworms, Cabbageworms, Melon worms, Tomato fruit worms
– Squash Bugs
– Fruit Fly