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How to Spray Your Yard for Bugs

Bugs love to hang out in backyards and crash outdoor festivities. To prevent these pests from ruining your fun, you can use a plant-based hose-end yard bug spray. Our Yard Bug Spray kills pests on contact and provides residual repellency. To ensure your application is a success, you need to make sure you’re applying it correctly. We’ve gathered information to help you control pest problems in your yard with a yard bug spray.

How to Use a Hose-End Yard Bug Spray

Yard Bug Spray

Anytime you’re using an insecticide spray, you want to make sure you’re using it correctly. Here are a few tips to help you use our Yard Bug Spray.   

  • Shake well before using and occasionally during use.
  • Attach the bottle nozzle to your garden hose, making sure the nozzle is in the off position before turning on the water.
  • When you are ready to start spraying, hold the bottle upright, bend the small plastic safety tab with your thumb, and turn the nozzle to on.
  • Point toward the treatment site and not at the ground.
  • If there is a breeze, spray in the same direction as the wind.
  • For preventative treatment and light infestations, apply at a rate of 500-600 sq ft per minute.
  • For heavier infestations, apply at a rate of 250-300 sq ft per minute.
  • Avoid mowing or watering the treated area for a day or two.
  • You can reapply monthly or as needed. After heavy rainfall, you will likely need to reapply.
  • Before using an insecticide spray, you should always read and follow label directions.

When Should You Spray Your Yard for Bugs?


It’s always important to apply insecticide sprays at the right time. You can spray your yard throughout the year to keep bugs away. In spring, pests emerge from their winter hiding spots. This is also when eggs begin to hatch. Spraying in spring can help to catch any early bug problems. In summer, pest populations are at their peak, so spraying your yard can help to control and prevent any infestations. In fall, overwintering pests start trying to sneak into homes. Treating the perimeter of your house can help to deter these pests. When possible, it’s best to spray your yard in the evening or morning when it’s cooler outside.

Where Should You Spray in Your Yard?  


To get a thorough application, you need to know the best places to spray in your yard. Check out a few spots you don’t want to skip when applying a yard bug spray.



When dealing with ants, boxelder bugs, fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks, your lawn is one of the main areas where you will be spraying for prevention and control. You’ll want to start at the spot that’s farthest away from your hose spigot. From there, work backwards until you have sprayed your entire lawn. Apply spray in a sweeping motion, overlapping the spray for best coverage.

Trees, Bushes, & Heavy Vegetation


Some pests, like plant pests, mosquitoes, and ticks, harbor in dense vegetation. Include your trees, bushes, and heavy vegetation in your treatment plan. Spray thoroughly, making sure to get deep into the vegetation. You’ll want to spray to the point of runoff.

Ornamental Plants

Plants in yard

Spraying your yard can help to control some garden pests like aphids and beetles. Spray to wet foliage to the point of runoff. Be sure to spray the underside of leaves too. To minimize potential burning of delicate plants, you’ll want to apply at a lower rate of 500-600 sq ft per minute. It’s always best to test treat a small area of the plant before spraying the entire plant.

Under Porches & Decks


The area underneath your porch or deck could be the perfect hiding spot for some pests. This area doesn’t receive direct sunlight, causing it to be cool, damp, and dark. This creates the ideal harboring site for many pests including mosquitoes. You’ll want to spray under porches and decks to control any pests that could be there.

Foundation & Perimeter of House

Back of house

To prevent bugs from getting into your house, you can spray the foundation and perimeter of your home. Our Yard Bug Spray has repellent properties that will help to create a barrier that deters pest activity. You should spray the lower portion of the foundation as well as a 2–3-foot band around your home.

Though bugs like your outdoor space, it doesn’t mean you have to let them move in. With the help of a plant-based insecticide spray, you can make your yard unwelcoming to pests. If bugs have invaded your yard or home, we have your back! Check out our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective™ Pest Control products for a more environmentally and family-friendly solution.

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