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Q.Is There A Difference Between White Oil And Neem Oil?

Zone Sydney | Anonymous added on March 5, 2024 | Answered

I’m trying to eliminate mealy bugs and also spider mites. Some sites recommended neem oil and others white oil. Are they the same and are they best options?

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Answered on March 6, 2024

Here is a good explanation of "oils."


White oil generally refers to mineral oil but can refer to an insecticide used to smother insects such as aphids, scale, mealybugs, and mites. It is not the same as Neem Oil but both can smother insects. Horticultural oils are generally petroleum based whereas Neem oil is plant based.



I never hear of anyone using white oil so I would recommend Neem oil.

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