What’s the Best Way to Use Yard Bug Spray to Get Rid of Bugs?
A Maggie’s Farm Yard Care Guide
Yard bug spray application for your yard is not meant to be just a one-time thing. To control insects in your yard and garden effectively, you need to apply yard bug spray to your lawn and landscape several times throughout the year, as different bugs come out at different times from the springtime through the fall.
What can I spray on my lawn to kill bugs?
Most bug sprays for the yard sold in retail stores and online contain many synthetic ingredients which can be harmful to beneficial insects and they can accumulate in streams, ponds and lakes from rainwater runoff. Some pesticides can remain in the environment for many years.
You hate bugs, but why not use something effective at killing and repelling them, while being family-, pet-, and earth-friendly? Green yard bug sprays are better for your yard, better for beneficial insects, and better for your family and pets.
What is the best yard spray your yard?
Bugs are everywhere! You’ll find them in trees, shrubs, water, on furniture...the list goes on and on.
Soil and grass are among bugs’ favorite places for living, hiding, and breeding. On hot summer days, they hide in your shrubs and grass from the harsh sun, and when it’s windy, your lawn protects them from the wind—many bugs live underground to avoid the surface as much as possible. Yard pests include ants, mosquitoes, wasps, spiders, roaches, ticks, fleas, centipedes, crickets, earwigs and pill bugs.
Your children and pets also love to play outdoors and even roll around in the grass on your lawn, so you want to protect them as much as possible by using the right solutions to minimize the presence of these pesky uninvited guests and minimize their exposure to synthetic pesticide residues.
By just keeping your lawn, trees, and shrubbery well-trimmed, and turning over your mulch each spring before adding new mulch, you will have done quite a bit to help you stay bug-free.
Can I use Maggie's Farm Yard Bug Spray as a mosquito spray for my yard?
Yes, you can! You can spray your yard with Maggie's Farm Yard Bug Spray to effectively kill or repel mosquitoes. We also have a killer mosquito fogger for specific areas, like your patio, around the outside of your home. You may also want to try Maggie's Farm Mosquito & Tick Killer for an effective, targeted mosquito and tick treatment for your yard.
Mosquitoes love stagnant water—they thrive in it and breed in it. By eliminating as much standing water around your yard (birdbaths, buckets, pet dishes, kiddie pools, pool covers, etc.), you can create a solid foundation for a mosquito-free yard.
For more information on preventing mosquitoes in your yard, check out our guide:
The best types of yard bug sprays and mosquito sprays/foggers are:
- Good at providing quick control
- Not harmful to vegetation
- Not harmful to beneficial insects (honeybees, ladybugs, etc.)
- Versatile (kills many different types of bugs)
- Free of synthetic pesticide residues
- Kid- and pet-safe
- Good at providing protection for several days
When should I spray my lawn for bugs?
Though spraying your yard for bugs is an ongoing yard maintenance item, you’ll want to be aware of the best times of year to spray for bugs.
Early Spring Pests
During the winter, many insects hibernate and become less active in shrubs, trees, and underground, waiting for the warm weather to return. To manage these pests effectively, spray your lawn and shrubbery in the early spring before new green begins to grow. Use a spray specifically for ants, aphids, mites, caterpillars, and other insect eggs laid before the dormant season. Spraying for these insects early enough will keep them from becoming problematic and also protect new plant growth from infestation.
As spring progresses, it is not always necessary to keep spraying your lawn for insects if you sprayed in early spring. Monitor your yard for any new bug activity, and reapply as needed. You may choose to spray your lawn with herbicide in the spring, as a way to control weeds like dandelions and crabgrass. By keeping your lawn as weed-free as possible, you are also helping reduce the insect population in your yard.
Early Summer Pests
Early summer is also a critical time to spray for bugs in your yard. You’ll start seeing beetles, cutworms, lace bugs, aphids, leafhoppers, mites, and others. Spray your entire lawn and landscape thoroughly and check frequently for insect activity and damage. Reapply spray as necessary. Keep your yard free of dead plants and weeds to keep out the bugs that live in and off of decaying materials.
Mosquitoes start becoming most active when summer is in full swing. They multiply rapidly and if you don’t take measures to prevent them from thriving and breeding in your yard, you may have a bigger problem on your hands. Remove weeds and spray your lawn well, along with mosquito resting places like deep inside foliage and other dark, damp areas around your yard. Planting some rosemary bushes and citronella grass can also help keep mosquitoes away naturally.
Fall is the best time to apply a barrier treatment around the perimeter of your house to prevent crawling insects like ants, roaches, spiders, centipedes, crickets and others from getting inside as the weather cools off. Bugs will be actively looking places to overwinter.
Frequently Asked Questions About Yard Bug Spray
What is the standard dilution rate for Maggie’s Farm Yard Bug Spray?
The dilution rate is 4 oz per gallon of water if you’re not using the hose-end attachment.
Is Maggie’s Farm Yard Bug Spray pet-friendly?
Maggie’s Farm Yard Bug Spray is child- and pet-friendly, when used as directed. See our guide to using Maggie’s Farm Products near pets.
Read the entire article: Is Pest Control Pet-Friendly?
How often do I need to apply the Yard Bug Spray?
Under ideal conditions, Maggie’s Farm Yard Bug Spray provides residual protection for up to four weeks, so spraying your yard and landscape monthly during the warm weather months should provide adequate coverage.
Note that for larger bug populations, and in extreme heat/lots of rain, you may need to spray more frequently, perhaps every two weeks. The good news is, you can re-apply our Yard Bug Spray as needed, without restrictions or worry about harming the environment.
What is the best way to apply Yard Bug Spray?
Apply and reapply to areas with bugs that you are wanting to eliminate, whether it’s your yard or landscape. The best time to apply is in the evening, and the next best time is in the morning. It’s not a good idea to apply during the heat of the day as chances for leaf-burn are increased due to phytotoxicity (i.e., botanical oils interacting with the hot sunlight).
Remember these three tips when applying Maggie’s Farm Yard Bug Spray:
- Apply in a broad, overlapping sweeping motion (the wider the area of application, the wider the area of repellency)
- Don’t over-apply
- Keep moving! Don’t stand still during the application
Is the Yard Bug Spray product considered organic?
"Organic" can be a confusing term, as it is widely used, and it is often used synonymously with the term “natural.” For a pest control product, though, the term “organic” only has a legal meaning for a product that is sprayed on edible food crops.
Maggie’s Farm Yard Bug Spray is classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a minimum risk pesticide, so you can use it with confidence, knowing that it is not only effective at killing bugs, it is not harmful to the earth!
Will the Yard Bug Spray kill grubs (a.k.a., Japanese beetles)?
No. Maggie’s Farm Yard Bug Spray is not formulated to control sub-soil insects, like grubs.
For scientifically-proven, effective pest control that is family-friendly and healthier for the environment, try Maggie’s Farm pest control products. Our plant and mineral-based products are developed by scientists and seasoned pest control professionals to be the most effective family of green pest control products available. Find out why “Life’s Better On The Farm!”