If there are already present pest infestation problems, then pest control can be taken to the next level by using pesticides. One of the most common organic pesticides that is used in any herb garden design or any other garden designs is Neem oil. Neem oil’s pesticide properties have been very well known for a very long time already. Neem oil does not just contain pest repellent properties, it also contains anti-feedant properties that makes insects who feed on it stop eating, and in the long run, die naturally. Many insects and pests stay away from this organic pesticide, but there are really those pests who feed on it. Neem oil organic pesticides are also very effective in inhibiting various pests from reproducing or laying eggs. Neem oil organic pesticide is very effective against hundreds of different insect species, and to name a few, here are some of them:
- Japanese Beetles
Making your own neem oil organic pesticide at home is not hard to do. But before I go on the steps on how to make the neem oil organic pesticide, you will have to get hold of these necessary materials:
- Organic Neem Oil
- Spray Bottle
- Liquid Soap
Steps in Making a Neem Oil Organic Pesticide
- The most important thing you need to have is an organic neem oil product. You can easily find organic neem oil products in natural food stores or if not, you can always check online. Making sure that the neem oil product you are using is organic ensures you that the neem oil you are going to use is free from any other harmful chemicals during the extraction process and even during tree growth.
- Inside a spray bottle, add 1 quart of warm water and ¼ teaspoon of liquid soap. Cover and shake vigorously, making sure that the liquid soap in properly mixed with the warm water.
- After shaking and mixing the water with soap, add 1 teaspoon of organic neem oil and shake.
- After step 3, you can now spray the solution to the leaves of your plants. You can spray the neem oil organic pesticide once every 7 days, since neem oil does not work directly. It will take several weeks before it can take its full effect.
If you are wondering why liquid soap and warm water are used in making the pesticide, here are the explanations:
- Warm water – Warm water is being used since it will help all the ingredients (liquid soap and organic neem oil) mix easily and properly.
- Liquid Soap – this will help the neem oil adhere or stick to the plants after spraying.