Facts on Neem Oil: An Excellent Eco Pest Control Tool
General Household Pests and the Need for Eco-friendly Solutions
It seems like everyone is searching for biologically safe and ecology-friendly products to control general household pests, but many non-chemical ingredients that claim to work have limited efficacy. Traditional methods of preventing, destroying, and repelling unwanted pests relied on harsh chemicals such as insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and other substances or mixtures. Normal household pests include insects, mice, weeds, fungi, and microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses. However, it is an ongoing concern that exposure to these toxic chemicals poses a health threat to both humans and pets, and children are particularly susceptible to detrimental effects.
Neem Oil Uses
Neem oil comes from the plant Azadirachta indica, found in South Asia, Africa, and India. The insecticidal compound, Azadirachin, is extracted from the seeds, which contain the highest concentration. Historically, many parts of the plant have been to control diseases including leprosy, eye disorders, intestinal worms and ulcers, hemorrhoids, skin conditions, pain, fever, malaria, urinary tract disorders, and in the care of wounds. In addition, numerous organic products use the oil in waxes, essential oils, toothpaste, soaps, pet shampoos, and cosmetics, but gardeners discovered its anti-fungal and pesticide properties.
Purified Azadirachtin is now used in more than one hundred different insecticide products in the form of granules, dust, powders, and emulsified concentrates. The oil has a smell similar to garlic and has been found to reduce or eliminate feeding in chewing insects, prevent maturing of larvae, interrupt mating and the laying and growth of eggs, and may interfere with breathing by coating breathing holes.
As an insecticide, Neem oil manages over two hundred chewing and sucking insect species such as mites, aphids, mealy bugs, and whiteflies. Neem oil also acts as a fungicide against mildews, rusts, root rot, black rot, and sooty mold.
Neem Oil Safety
Research conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the National Pesticide Information Center find that Neem oil has little or no effect on beneficial pollinating insects such as bees, butterflies, and ladybugs because they do not chew or eat the active ingredients. In 2012, the EPA determined “that no unreasonable adverse effects to the U.S. population and the environment will result from the use of the active ingredient when label instructions are followed and good agricultural practices are employed.” Furthermore, other studies show that although humans have been exposed to the Neem oil components for centuries, there is no association with increased risks of cancer and in fact indicate the many health benefits.
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Nevertheless, the staff and owners at Green Home Pest Control acknowledge these concerns. Our goal is to provide our customers with the latest innovations and address the needs of the entire community. Our expertly trained technicians take extra care to protect you, your home, and your environment through our organically or botanically derived products and cutting edge methods and ensure your peace of mind. The guaranteed and personalized services we offer at Green Home Pest Control for Phoenix metro area are for all types of domestic and commercial properties and demonstrate a smarter and more responsible approach to pest control.
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