Roaches, rats, bedbugs, mosquitos…these pests are a few of the many that plague homeowners both in Utah and throughout the United States. Bugs, animals, and other creatures can infiltrate your house, carrying disease and destroying property.
When an infestation of any kind happens in your home, you should get in touch with a professional exterminator, who will be able to identify the pests and eliminate them over time. But you also can take care of immediate pest control issues yourself, if you know what best pest control products to use.
Here’s a quick list of 10 best DIY pest control products for inside and outside your home.
Many products on the market will help control insects such as mosquitos, cockroaches, ants, ticks, and spiders. These 5 sprays cover a range of bugs that can be a nuisance, and a shot of one of these products will give you quick results.
Talstar Pro Multi-Use Insecticide
Talstar Pro Multi-Use Insecticide controls over 75 different pests and is a favorite of professionals. Spray this inside, outside, and around the perimeter of your home for up to three months of protection. It is odorless, and non-irritating to the skin. This insecticide is only sold in bulk, so one container will yield 32-96 gallons of spray.
Ortho Home Defense MAX Insect Killer Spray
Home Defense MAX Insect Killer Spray by ORTHO can quickly kill and prevent over 120 types of insects, and keep them out with a protective barrier for up to 12 months. Spray it around your home’s doors, windows, perimeters, and wherever else you see bugs. This product gets great online reviews and is backed by Ortho’s satisfaction guarantee.
Eco Defense Organic All-Natural Insect Killer
If you prefer organic, natural pest control products, start with this highly-rated spray. It is formulated by professional exterminators and comes with a 100 percent money-back guarantee. Although you may detect a slight odor when applying, the smell will fade after drying.
Orange Guard Water-Based Indoor/Outdoor Home Pest Control
Another eco-friendly alternative, this spray contains orange peel extract (d-Limonene) which is a natural solution for insect control. This effective insecticide outperformed some more toxic chemicals in controlled studies. An added benefit is the orange scent.
Tri-Die Pressurized Silica + Pyrethrin Dust
This product is easy-to-use pressurized dust. This chemical dust is great to spray in cracks and crevices in your walls and ceilings and can be used outside as well. The dust is made up of three different ingredients that will stick to any insects it touches and kill them by dehydration.
Termites can destroy a building, and it’s crucial to get rid of them as soon as possible. One of the strongest products on the market is Termidor SC (Suspended Concentrate.) Termidor is an excellent DYI product that controls all types of termites as well as some species of ants. This spray cannot be used indoors and is banned from non-professional use in some states.
Best Pest Control Products For Bed Bugs
These pests can be found in and around beds, but also in furniture and baseboards. Preventative measures, such as steam washing bedding or the use of essential oils such as lavender or peppermint are usually the first recommendation for getting rid of bed bugs. If those methods don’t work, the next step is a commercial spray.
Harris Bed Bug Killer
This chemical spray kills bed bugs on contact and continues to kill bugs and their eggs for up to 16 weeks. Spray it directly on baseboards and bed frames, but not directly on bedding. This product is stainless, odorless, and EPA approved.
MDXconcepts Bed Bug Killer
A natural alternative, this spray uses a 100 percent plant-derived formula to instantly kill bed bugs on contact. It can be directly sprayed on surfaces and items, including mattresses, baseboards, and carpets, without staining or leaving an oily residue. You may need to use this method more than once for the full effect.
Rats and Other Vermin
Rodents are dangerous to your family, and the best way to keep them at bay is to prevent their entry to your home by sealing any possible holes or crevices. Keeping all food material, inside and outside the house, in sealed strong containers will deter these pests.
Once you see droppings in the house, or the mice/rats themselves, you have to take action. Catching and releasing them is humane, but will not solve anything, since they will likely return. There are two options for killing them: traps and poison.
There are various types of traps, including the old-fashioned wooden snap traps, which are very effective, if you use the correct size and a tasty bait like peanut butter, or a commercial bait.
Glue traps have a sticky substance that catches the mouse or rat so they cannot escape. Live traps capture the vermin, but then you have to find a way to kill them after you catch them, which might not be your preference.
Using poison, or rodenticides can be effective but should be used with extreme caution, as their ingredients are also toxic to pets and even humans. Experts recommend a slow-acting formula, which takes a little longer to kill the vermin, but will be less dangerous if accidentally ingested by a pet or child.
Always use poison in a bait station which provides easy access for the vermin, and less easy access for others. TOMCAT and D-CON are two well-known bait station products.
If a rat or mouse ingests the poison and then dies in a place you cannot reach, you are in for bad smells, and maybe an increase in flies and other insects. For all these reasons, poison should only be used when other methods have failed.
Professional Pest Control
Even when using the best pest control products, you may need to call a professional for large or particularly stubborn infestations.
If you are located in Utah/Colorado, contact us for the elimination of any type of pests. We use both chemical and eco-friendly products for pest control and are ready to help you reclaim your home!