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Insecticide Sprays vs. Baits

When bugs invade your home, choosing the right solution is the key to successfully eliminating an infestation. There are different types of pesticides available including insecticide sprays and baits. This can sometimes make it challenging to know which solution is best. We’ve gathered information about sprays and baits to help you decide which is right for you.  

Sprays 101

Home Bug Spray

One option for fighting a pest problem is a natural, plant-based insecticide spray. Our sprays are formulated with natural plant essential oils, which makes them more environmentally and family-friendly. Some sprays are designed to fight a variety of insects while others target a specific pest. When directly sprayed, pests are quickly killed. Insecticide sprays also provide you with residual repellency, which means bugs will be deterred from entering your home. You can apply an insecticide spray to the perimeter of your home, as well as common entry points, to help keep your home pest-free.

Baits 101

Roach Killer Gel Bait

Baits, like our No Spill Ant Kill and Roach Killer Gel Bait, are another solution to help with uninvited pests. These products work differently than insecticide sprays and typically target a specific pest. While sprays repel and kill, baits attract and kill. Our baits are designed to allow pests to consume the bait and return to their nest. Ants carry the bait back to the colony to share, while cockroaches consume the bodies of dead cockroaches. This creates a domino effect and helps to eliminate the entire colony. While this process can take longer, it’s an effective, long-term solution.

Things to Consider

  • Baits work best when other potential food sources, like crumbs, have been removed from your home.
  • Baits are great for eliminating an ant colony, but if you’re only dealing with a few ants, an insecticide spray will also work. If you find an ant nest, you can also apply a spray.
  • Make sure you read the labels to ensure the spray or bait will be effective against the pests invading your home.
  • Don’t use insecticide sprays near baits. Sprays are designed to repel pests. If they are applied near baits, it will discourage pests from consuming the bait.

Dealing with a pest infestation can be frustrating, especially when you aren’t sure which control strategy is best. It’s important to remember that baits and sprays are both effective solutions when used correctly. If you’re dealing with a pest problem, we have you back! Check out our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Pest Control products.


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