Thinking about using neem oil to handle a bedbug infestation? Think again.
What is neem oil? Neem oil is an essential oi extracted from the different components (chiefly bark, leaves, fruits and seeds) of the neem tree. It is often utilized as a natural remedy for fungi, viruses, bacteria, inflammation and microorganisms.
Does neem oil kill bedbugs? Yes. Neem oil has been shown to kill bedbugs on direct contact, and even has some repellent properties. But neem oil (or other neem products with neem extracts as an active ingredient) will NOT eliminate your bedbug problem by itself. The repellent effect will only last for up to 1 week at the longest - the bed bugs can simply remain in their hiding places until it is safe to emerge once more. Even, f reapplied, Thus, using neem oil as a sole method of bedbug extermination is not only a poor use of your time, but can also potentially allow the bedbug population even more opportunity to get a foothold, eventually making it more challenging to exterminate.
Will neem oil stop my bedbug bites? No. Neem oil is a mild repellent but will not prevent a hungry bedbug from attacking its prey. Although some sources claim that ed bugs mistakenly ingest neem oil, mistaking it for natural hormones, and blocking their real hormones from working properly, there is no evidence that bedbugs ingest neem oil or that it works as anything more effective than a mild repellent.
Will neem oil get rid of my bedbug infestation? No. To find out why, continue reading below.
Why are bedbugs so notoriously difficult to exterminate?
Many people live with bedbugs for months before they even realize that they have an infestation. Furthermore, they can often undergo multiple treatments even after discovering the infestation before finally exterminating them for good. Why are bedbugs so difficult to get rid of? The reason is that Bed bugs have the ability to hide inside of tiny cracks in almost any area of your home, including between floorboards, under moulding, in the seams of furniture and bedposts, even in electrical outlets and light sockets! They also only feed at night while prey is asleep. As if this is not enough, they can continue to live from 8 months to 1 year without a blood meal.
"Neem oil will not eradicate bedbugs from your house, protect you or your visitors from spreading infestations, or prevent you from tracking bedbugs with you to the places you visit."
Unfortunately, since neem oil does not have residual fatal effects on bedbugs, it will not exterminate the population. This is due to an important principal in biology known as fecundity. Fecundity means the ability to produce abundant healthy growth or offspring. In other words, fecundity is the natural tendency of bedbugs (for one) to produce many more offspring than they will ultimately need, with the assumption that the majority of them will die off. Any bedbugs that you manually kill will not effect the health of the overall population, as it was already built in to the fecundity, nor would you be able to keep up with the new offspring being produced.
Simply put, techniques that simply repel and kill individual bugs, such as neem oil, are not sufficient for handling bed bugs. It is not practical to apply a contact-only bedbug treatment method on every individual bug, egg and nymph; yet if you do not, they will only keep returning, despite your best efforts. Furthermore, it is debatable whether neem oil has any effect on the bedbug nymphs and eggs. If adults are killed, but eggs remain, the bedbug population will never truly be exterminated and the problem will return again and again until it is handled properly.
"Contact killers are a dime a dozen and are not going to solve the root of the bedbug problem."
What you need to deal with bedbugs properly is an insecticide with residual insecticidal properties - the trick is to find a technique that is strong enough to eliminate bedbugs without harming mammals like people and pets in the home. Pest-Control.info has identified 7 steps to eradicate bedbugs completely and permanently, that are easy and inexpensive enough to handle yourself, without an expensive exterminator that can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. The methods are fatal to bedbugs, have residual effects on bedbugs even after the first application, and are safe to use around people and pets in the home. Read the 7 steps here.
It doesn't take much money, but with a little bit of diligence and hard work, it is possible to exterminate bedbugs without calling in a professional (which can cost from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on the severity of the infestation and the square footage of the living area). Read The Ultimate Guide to Killing Bedbugs
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