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When to Spray Your Yard for Bugs

Your yard is an oasis for pests looking for food, water, and shelter. One way to keep your yard bug-free is using plant-based insecticide sprays. While spraying for pests when you see them is important, you can also help prevent bugs from showing up. Knowing when to spray your yard is key to preventing an infestation. Check out the best times to spray your yard for bugs. 

Spraying for Bugs in Spring


Spring is when many pests emerge after remaining dormant in winter. It’s also when some eggs hatch. You’ll want to spray your yard early in spring just as the bugs, including mosquitoes and ants, are waking up. Catching them early will prevent breeding and a large infestation. Our Yard Bug Spray kills pests on contact and provides you with residual repellency.

Spaying for Bugs in Summer

Flowers in vase in yard

As temperatures continue to rise, pest populations will rise. Your yard could use another treatment early in summer. Spray vegetation to catch any pests hiding there, and make sure you spray the underside of leaves. This will help to prevent and control common summer pests. If mosquitoes and ticks are bugging you, you can spray your yard with our Mosquito & Tick Killer.

Spraying for Bugs in Fall

Fall decor front door

During fall, pests begin seeking shelter from the approaching cold weather. This is when you’ll want to spray the perimeter of your house. Creating a protective barrier will help to keep overwintering pests out of your home. Spray the lower portion of your foundation and the area surrounding your house (about 3 feet out). Our Home Bug Spray can be applied to common entry points to deter pest activity.

Common Pests in Each Season infographic

Where Should You Spray for Bugs?

Back yard and house

When spraying for bugs, there are several places you’ll want to cover. These include:

  • The Perimeter of Your Home & Yard: This will kill pests on contact. The residual repellency will also help to keep bugs out for longer lasting protection.   
  • Vegetation: Spray shrubs, bushes, and plants. Thoroughly spray vegetation to the point of runoff. Don’t forget to spray the underside of leaves.
  • Your Garden: If garden pests have invaded, you can spray your plants with our 3-in-1 Garden Spray. This will help to eliminate an infestation and help to deter future pest activity.
  • Under Porches & Decks: Mosquitoes love to hide in places that lack direct sunlight, especially if there’s vegetation. Don’t forget about these areas when spraying your yard.
The Best Places to Spray for Bugs in Your Yard infographic

Tips for Spraying Your Yard for Bugs

Yard Bug Spray

When it comes time to treat your yard, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are a few tips for effective application.

  • Keep moving and apply in a sweeping motion. Don’t be afraid to overlap the spray to ensure full coverage.
  • Spray your yard during the cooler parts of the day including in the evening or early morning.
  • Sprays can be reapplied as needed. If you’re dealing with an active infestation, you may need to reapply more frequently.
  • Don’t spray your yard when it’s raining or if rain is in the forecast in the next 24 hours.

Pests may think your yard is a perfect fit, but that doesn’t mean you need to invite them in. If bugs are invading your space, we’re here to help! Check out our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective™ Pest Control products for a more environmentally and family-friendly solution.

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