Neem oil is a natural insecticide made from the seeds of the neem tree (Azadirachta indica). It is commonly used to control pests on a variety of plants, including vegetables, fruit trees, and ornamental plants. Neem oil works by disrupting the reproductive and feeding behavior of pests, making it effective at controlling a wide range of insects, including aphids, mites, whiteflies, and scale insects.
In addition to its insecticidal properties, neem oil can also be used to control fungal diseases and to improve the overall health and appearance of plants. It is often used as a natural alternative to synthetic pesticides and can be applied as a foliar spray or soil drench.
Neem oil is generally considered safe for use on plants and is not harmful to humans or pets. However, it can be toxic to fish and should not be used near bodies of water. It is also important to follow the label instructions and dilution rates when using neem oil to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the treatment.