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How to use Insecticides

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The word sounds scarier than it is, the definition of insecticides is simply a chemical substance that controls or kills insects. Especially in the summer months there are a host of various insects wanting to come inside your home to pay you a visit! Most, probably all of them, unwelcome! The main culprits are ants, flies, mosquitos, and cockroaches. Here’s our guide to insecticides: 

First Steps

  • Before heading out to purchase an insecticide, identify the pest beforehand so you can make the right choice once you’re in the shop.
  • You don’t have to stock up on them, only buy the amount you need, keeping too many lying around can be dangerous if your children find it.
  • To be on the safe side we would recommend carefully reading the label before starting and following the instructions carefully.

Type of Insecticides

Household insecticides come in various forms. The ingredients can include DET, picaridin and other chemicals. However, they can also consist of natural ingredients such as geraniol or citronella oil. Here’s an insecticides list of the different varieties available and against which insect they could be used for.

Aerosol

Commonly used for flying insect control such as flies and mosquitos. It can also be used against ants and cockroaches depending on the product. Make sure to ventilate the area properly after using this insecticide.

Bait tray

It’s a great way to get rid of ants and cockroaches. Once you have figured out where your ants are coming from or which route they take, you can position the tray in their way. To eliminate cockroaches, place them under the sink, behind the toilet, and behind appliances. Keep them out of reach of children.

Granulate

Mainly used against insects that live in soil. These types of insecticide are not as effective in controlling bugs that crawl on surfaces. They can, however, be used to control grubs, millipedes, and ants.

Powder

This is a good type to use in hard-to-reach places and cracks in walls and floors. The insects track the residual powder into their nest. Use this form of insecticide against wasps, ants, and other surface crawling insects.

Gel

Gels can be quite powerful in the fight against infestations. The consistency of these type of products makes it easier to get a precise application on areas such as a crack or crevice.

We hope you found our guide to insecticides useful and are now ready to show those bugs who’s boss. For more helpful tips, read through our other articles such as, how to unblock a sink, how to unlock a toilet or how to clean gutters.

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