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Neem Oil for controlling winter season disease & pests

Posted on | October 26, 2014 | No Comments

Neem oil for controlling winter season diseases and pests

Winter season is the 1st step & is considered to be the exact period for controlling pests and also to take preventive measures to avoid pests & fungal diseases for upcoming spring. Winter season is known to restrict the populations of pests and plant diseases some how if snow fall is good and plant get sufficient chilling hours half work is done. But few pests still exists and cause all problem. Problem caused by these pests in plants are observed to be worse than in other seasons, and it’s due to lack or improper monitoring of them. Since it is difficult to identify the pests in the garden because of snow or frost, the appropriate controlling measure for pests becomes hectic for the farmer to carry. Some of the pests include aphids esp woolly apple aphid, scale, tree borer, etc. Characteristic measures need to be taken for controlling such pests are as follows:

Wooly Aphids: Aphids are destructive insects found commonly in fruit bearing trees, and they can be minimized by developing the colonies of wasp which will serve as a beneficial insect to control aphids. Organic treatment of this insect is done by spraying neem oil to repel the insects from breeding. Neem oil has the capacity to subside the population of all kinds of aphids effectively.

Scale: Scales are commonly occurring insects in trees belonging to citrus family. These are small insects feeding on sap part of the plant, and they are resistive to general pesticides because of the waxy coating over their body. Thus spraying of organic neem oil will be a cheap and advanced solution to get rid of them.

Tree Stem borer: These types of borers attack the trunk of the tree. Trimmed parts are burned during winter for warmness. Injecting neem oil into the holes of the borer can kill the borers.

Organic type of treatment helps the plants not only to control the disease but also to prevent it.


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