Insect Control

There are many insect control options available to help you control pest populations

INSECT CONTROL

When looking at different pest control options, consider whether bugs are inside or outside of the home, what situations contact and systemic insecticides are appropriate for, the different forms of pesticides available, and how to minimize infestation before it starts.

Types

Contact Insecticides

Used to kill insects by direct application. Generally comes in spray, granular or powder form.

  • Usually absorbed through insects’ exoskeletons
  • Reapply after heavy rains
  • Use bait traps inside house to minimize chemical exposure
  • Apply in the early morning or evening when insects feed
  • Apply dust to wet leaves to help it stick better

Systemic Insecticides

Absorbed directly into outdoor plants through the roots to eliminate insects as they feed on the plants.

  • Lasts longer than chemicals
  • Less likely to wash off during rainstorms
  • Do not use on vegetable or other edible plants
  • Particularly effective against bugs with piercing mouths, such as aphids and whiteflies
  • Apply to plants that have extensive and established root systems

Forms

Use the chart below to compare common insecticide types:

Form Benefits and Uses Points to Consider

Aerosols

  • Used for small areas indoors or out
  • Easy to store
  • Have a long shelf life
  • Relatively more expensive than other
    forms

Baits and Traps

  • Ideal for cabinets, pantries
    and under sinks
  • May be poison free
  • Use in conjunction with sprays and powders for best protection

Foggers

  • Used inside the home
  • Penetrate cracks and crevices where pests nest
  • Usually require you to vacate premises during use

Granules

  • Easy to apply
  • Ideal for large areas
  • Kill soil-dwelling insects
  • Offer quick results
  • Ideal for large areas
  • Require a spreader to ensure uniform distribution

Liquid Concentrates

  • Offer quick results
  • Ideal for large areas
  • Require mixing and measuring
  • Require a sprayer

Powders

  • Ideal for indoor use under
    sinks dishwashers and stoves
  • Waterproof
  • Provide long-lasting protection

Ready-to-Spray Concentrates

  • Offer quick results
  • Ideal for large areas
  • Premixed
  • Feature an attached hose-end sprayer for convenience

Ready-to-Use Sprays

  • Best for smaller areas
  • Offer quick results
  • Premixed
  • Feature an attached hose-end sprayer for convenience

Prevention

There are a number of ways to prevent infestation:

  • Clean up weeds, leaves and dead plants
  • Caulk and seal openings around your home
  • Treat foundations around your house
  • Store flour and dried foods in air-tight containers
  • Repair rotted wood

Features

  • Organic Pesticides. Gets rid of pests without harming humans and animals
  • Milky Spore. Powder that deters Japanese beetles
  • Candles. Outdoor citronella candles deter pests