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How to Use a Yard Bug Spray

When it comes to keeping bugs out of your yard, a good strategy is your key to success. While it would be simpler if bugs emerged at the same time, they have other plans. From spring to fall, pests awaken from their winter dormancy. That’s why yard bug spray application isn’t just a one-time thing. We’ve gathered information to help you know when to apply bug spray to your lawn and garden.

What is the Best Bug Spray for Your Yard?

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When choosing a bug spray for your yard, you want an option that will take care of the bug problem and work for your family. Here are a few things you may want to look for in a product:

  • Easy-to-Use
  • Cost-Effective
  • Provides Quick Control
  • Family-Friendly
  • Environmentally-Friendly
  • Residual & Lasting Protection
  • No Harmful Residues

One solution to help keep your yard free of pests is a plant-based insecticide. These sprays, like our Yard Bug Spray, are made with plant essential oils. These oils don’t persist in the environment, making them more environmentally-friendly. While potent to bugs, they’re safe for use around family and pets when used as directed. Not only do they kill pests on contact, they also provide residual repellency.

When Should I Spray My Yard for Bugs?

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There are things you can do to help keep your yard pest-free. Preventative treatment is one option you may want to try, and your timing is important to avoid an infestation. Check out the best time to spray your yard for pests.

Spraying for Pests in Spring

During winter, many bugs become dormant. When temperatures begin to rise in spring, some pests emerge. Ants, fleas, and garden pests, like aphids and caterpillars, are common in spring. Spraying the perimeter of your yard early in the season can help to stop these pests before they take over your space. You can also apply our Yard Bug Spray to your shrubs and heavy vegetation where many pests like to hide. If you’re able to catch the bugs early, you can reduce your chances of dealing with these pests later in spring. 

Spraying for Pests in Summer

Summer months bring more ants, flies, ticks, stinging insects, and mosquitoes. It’s a good idea to spray in early summer months to help control these pests. Throughout summer, you can reapply spray as needed. Mosquitoes are especially active in the middle of summer. You can use a product designed for these pests like our Mosquito & Tick Killer. This can be applied to lawns and vegetation. 

Spraying for Pests in Fall

As temperatures cool, pests search for places to hide and wait out the cold winter months. Cockroaches, crickets, stink bugs, and Asian lady beetles are known to overwinter in homes. That’s why fall is a great time to apply a barrier treatment around the perimeter of your house. This will help to deter pests from sneaking inside. You can spray the foundation of your home with a yard bug spray and Home Bug Spray. They will kill pests on contact and provide you with residual repellency.

Tips for Using Maggie's Farm Yard Bug Spray

For effective pest control, you need to make sure you know how to apply insecticide sprays. Check out a few tips for using a bug spray in your yard.

  • Always read and follow instructions on product labels.
  • It’s best to apply sprays in the evening when temperatures are cooler to avoid leaf-burn. You can also apply in the morning.
  • Apply in a sweeping motion, letting the spray overlap. This will help ensure you cover your lawn.
  • Keep moving! You’ll need to move around to ensure you cover the most ground.
  • Don’t over-apply. For preventative treatment or 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.
  • When spraying vegetation, don’t just spray the top of plants and shrubs. You want the spray to go deeper where pests hide.
  • For perimeter treatment in fall, spray the lower portions of the foundation. You’ll also want to spray the perimeter about 3 feet out.
    What are your yard care go-to tips? We’d love to hear them! Leave a comment below!


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