Pest unfortunately is a part of growing plants… everyone handles the problem differently. I prefer to use a basic safe, natural solutions to handle the pest problem! However, homeowners have few safe choices that work…
Neem Oil a Safe, Natural Option!
Neem oil comes from the pressed seed of the Azadiracta indica Juss tree… let’s call it the neem tree for short. It’s used as an: antispectic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiulcer, antifungal and been used for medicinal purposes and pest control for thousands of years.
Is It Safe?
Neem products are consumed by humans and used in medication. If fact, there are no EPA restrictions in place for neem oil.
Growers using neem oil in their “pest control” program like the safety and the control this natural solution provides. Nurseries are finding neem oil is effective as a insecticide, miticide and fungicide. Schultz now has 3-1 Garden Safe product made from the oil… I picked up a bottle at Home Depot. Insects prefer to die… than feed on plants treated with neem.
It has shown success in fighting plant fungus and also root rot. When I spray plant I completely spray the plant and potting media.
Neem looks like a SAFE, NATURAL solution for homeowners with any type of houseplant pest problems. Give it a try!
The term "Sick Building Syndrome" is defined as an "acute incidence of indoor air pollution that can occur in closed or poorly ventilated offices and residences". Many energy efficient homes meet that definition.
Numerous studies conducted by the EPA and other orgainizations have found measurable levels in modern homes over 107 known cancer causing agents. The switch to energy efficient living and working environments and no longer opening the windows keeps us in contact with these VOC’s (volitile organic compounds).
The methods and products used in modern homes and offices today contain amounts of known cancer causing chemicals. In extreme cases, buildings get labeled as "Sick Buildings" when they hold these high levels of contaminants. Exposure can result in a many symptoms of sickness exhibited by the people who frequently use them.
The effects of contact to these cancer causing VOC’s in low doses over a long time period is unknown. Will this exposure result in increased incidences of cancer?
NASA research suggest indoor house and office plants may reduce substantially the amount of exposure to common VOC’s you experience in your daily routine. The NASA research and a growing amount of supporting research point toward the benefits of live plants to help improve indoor air quality in modern home and office buildings.
The chemical Trichloroethylene or (TCE) for example is used in paints, printing inks, adhesives, lacquers and varnishes. The National Cancer Institute reported in 1975, an unusually high incidence of hepatocellular carcinomas in mice given TCE by gastric intubation. The chemical TCE is now considered a potent liver carcinogen.
Look around your home or office; new desk, carpets and other items can help in making you "sick". Plants may prove to be one of the answers to assist you in feeling better.