How to Get Rid of and Prevent Indoor Insects

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Keep roaches out of your home with these tips ll The Home Depot Garden Club

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It’s not always possible to completely get rid of bugs indoors. However, a combination of the right products, some good old-fashioned cleaning and home repairs can go a long way. No single product can do everything to solve your bug problem, which is why it’s important to take a multifaceted approach to indoor insects. Also, keep in mind that bugs come into the home for a variety of reasons: food, water or shelter.

The first step in alleviating your problem is knowing which bugs you’re fighting. Correctly identifying the bugs you are fighting, then eliminating the things that attract them will help prevent them from coming inside. The more difficult you make it for bugs to come indoors, the less likely it will be that they invade. 

 

Secure the Premises

If bugs are invading your home, chances are they’re coming in from outside. While treatment depends on the type of bug you’re dealing with, these general tips can help:

  • Repair. Make necessary repairs to window or door screens that are ripped or do not fit tightly.
  • Weatherproof. Take steps to weatherproof the open spaces around windows and doors, particularly between the bottom of the door and the floor.
  • Check. Check vents, utility pipes and other openings into the home that may need to be sealed, replaced or repaired.
  • Teamwork. If you live in an apartment building, work as a team with your neighbors to tackle the problem.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

When using outdoor products to fight bugs, such as Raid® House and Garden Bug Killer, rain can put a damper on things. Make sure to check the weather first, since you don’t want to apply an outdoor product if there’s rain in the forecast. Ideal conditions are days under 90 degrees.

Rain can jumpstart new bug populations and may also make your treatments ineffective. Re-apply to outdoor areas after heavy rain if the problem doesn’t go away. For other products, check the reapplication information on the label. Be sure to read the label before use.

5 Fun Facts About Indoor Ant & Roach Baits

  1. Baits do not trap ants or roaches. Ant baits, for example, kill ants where they nest. After ants feed on the bait, they return to the colony and transfer the bait to the queen and others, thereby killing the entire colony.
  2. Although ant and roach baits are designed to be more attractive to ants and roaches than other food sources, the more you can do to remove exposed food and water, the better.
  3. Ant and roach baits kill the ants or roaches you don’t see—which is the vast majority! They take the bait back to the nest to share with the others, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t see immediate bug relief. You should see less activity in a matter of days.
  4. Do not place baits on areas that have been sprayed with an aerosol or liquid insecticide. Likewise, do not spray ants or roaches or the surrounding area after placing baits. The bugs can’t get back to the colony if they’re already dead.
  5. The more baits you place and the closer you place them to the ant or roach hiding spots, the better you will be able to control the problem. Be sure to read the label before placing ant or roach baits.

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