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Maggie's Farm Simply Effective Home Bug Spray

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A 24 oz plant oil-based home bug spray insecticide that kills and repels over 100 home invading insects, in a ready-to-use, trigger spray bottle.

  • Our Home Bug Spray kills and repels the most common home invading pests including ants (also carpenter ants), bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, mosquitoes, spiders, ticks, and other crawling and flying pests
  • Kills on contact with residual repellency
  • Safe for use around children and pets when used as directed
  • Uses natural plant oils as the active ingredients
  • Leaves no harmful or oily residues
  • Water-based formula
  • Non-staining
  • Natural fresh scent
  • For indoor and outdoor use
  • Classified as a minimum-risk pesticide under EPA FIFRA 25(b)
  • Comes in a Recyclable container

Active Ingredients: Thyme oil, 2-Phenylethyl propionate, Rosemary oil

Inert Ingredients: Water, Isopropyl alcohol, Polyglyceryl oleate, Wintergreen oil, Isopropyl myristate

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How to Use Maggie's Farm Home Bug Spray

Always read label directions and precautions prior to use. Shake well before use and periodically during use. Ready-to-use. Do not dilute. This product can be used indoors and outdoors.

Checkout Our Guide on How to Use a Home Bug Spray for tips and tricks

Note: Don’t use this product in the same area where you’ve used a Maggie’s Farm insect bait. Baits work by the insect eating them.

Spray Nozzle Adjustments: The spray nozzle has a wide mist setting and a narrow straight stream setting. The mist setting is best when spraying a larger area, and for covering a number of insects from fairly close range. The straight stream setting is best for spraying from a distance, at a nest, or injecting into cracks or wood-destroying insect tunnels and galleries This product is a contact killer and repellent, so you want to be sure not to repel insects from an area where you put down bait.

Crawling Insect Treatment: To kill ants, cockroaches, bed bugs, crickets, earwigs, Firebrats, pillbugs, silverfish, spiders and other crawling insects, spray as many insects as possible. Spray until damp, but not running off. You can also treat areas where pests tend to land, rest, or hide. Repeat as necessary.

Flying Insect Treatment: To kill flies, gnats, mosquitoes, moths and other flying insects, direct spray at flying insects and contact as many as possible. Repeat as necessary.

Bed Bug Treatment: To kill bed bugs, apply as a spot treatment in sleeping areas by using the straight stream nozzle setting and inject the product in cracks around baseboards, floorboards, doors and window frames. Use the mist nozzle settings to apply as a surface spray to carpets, floor coverings, and rugs around sleeping areas. Spray until wet but not soaking. To treat beds, remove bedding, wash and dry in high heat. Make spot treatments using the stream nozzle setting and inject into cracks and crevices on bed frame, headboard and footboard. Apply to tufts, seams and edges on mattress and box springs only. Do not apply to entire surface of mattress or box springs. If the product scent is objectionable do not apply to the mattress, as it may take a few days to dissipate. Allow the spray to dry before using the mattress. For persistent infestations consult a pest control specialist.

Outdoor Perimeter Applications: To apply as a perimeter barrier treatment, remove debris and leaf litter from around the foundation, cut back vegetation and branches that touch the house and remove or rake back deep mulch, rocks or other potential pest harborage sites next to the foundation. Apply in a 2 to 3 foot band on the foundation. Also apply around window frames and doorways, around vents, openings where utilities enter the home, and other possible pest entry points.

Carpenter Ants: The most effective control for any ant species is to locate and treat the nest(s) if possible.  When you find a nest, spray until wet with the product. Repeat if there is still activity a day or two later. If carpenter ants have infested wood or wall voids, use straight stream nozzle setting and inject the product through an existing opening or drill a small hole(s) so that you can reach the nest with the product.

Other Wood-Infesting Insects - Beetles and Borers, Termites, Carpenter Bees and Wood Wasps: Find areas where pests have infested including tunnels, galleries, and cavities, and using the straight stream nozzle setting, inject product until the area is moist. Drill small holes 8-10” apart in the infested area to be sure galleries can be treated thoroughly.

For Carpenter Bees: Treat the entrance holes and then plug with stainless steel wool. For termites, this product is only a supplemental treatment to kill workers and winged swarmers that are present in the area when you treat. It is not a substitute for a professional treatment. For any infestation of a wood-destroying pest where structural damage has occurred or could occur, we recommend you contact a pest control specialist.


Q. I cannot get the nozzle on the trigger sprayer turned to the “ON” position. What do I do?

A. While the red nozzle on the end of the trigger sprayer should easily turn to the “ON” position, there are times when first used that it may need a little help to loosen it up.  When this happens, use a pair of pliers to turn the nozzle initially and that will loosen it up so can be turn by hand going forward.

Q. The label directions indicate that the nozzle has both a “SPRAY” and “STREAM” setting.  However, it only has the word “ON” printed on the nozzle. Can you use it to either spray or stream the product?

A. Yes, the nozzle has both a “SPRAY” and a “STREAM” setting.  While the nozzle only has “ON” printed on it, simply turn it to one of the “ON” positions for a spray setting, and the other “ON” position for a stream setting.

Q. What are polyglycerol oleate and isopropyl myristate that are listed in the inert ingredient section of the product label?

A. These ingredients are used as emulsifiers to help the oil and water in the formula to mix together well when the can is shaken to get an even, uniform mixture that is needed for product performance.  Without these ingredients, the oil and water would remain separated (oil floats, water sinks), which compromises the effectiveness of the product.

These ingredients are on the US EPA Minimum Risk Pesticide Program approved list of ingredients. The Maggie’s Farm Home Bug Spray is classified by the US EPA as a minimum-risk pesticide. 

Q: Can I spray this on everything?

A: You cannot spray onto food or food prep areas. If you do, clean area or discard food. Do not apply to plants.  It is not for topical use for you or your pets. Do not spray directly on people or pets. Do not spray around insect baits that are being used. Always test on fabrics and plastic surfaces before using across a broad area.  Our home bugs spray is a great indoor bug spray, for all your home pest control needs.

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Q: I am using this to deter bugs from entering my house. How often do I spray?

A: That depends on if you are fighting a current infestation or if you are being preemptive. I suggest every 2 weeks to once a month as a preventative, or as needed. As long as you are ok with the fragrance of the natural plant oils you and test on surfaces before use, feel free to use it as much or as little is needed.

Q: Will this work on spiders? Can I spray my windows? How long does it take to dry? Will it kill the gnats? 

A: It is a kill on contact spray with a residual repellency for a number of insects. Spiders and gnats are listed on the label as treatable insects. You can spray around your windows and the spray dries at about the same rate that most liquids dry at.

Q: Do you have larger amounts, like a refill bottle, so I don’t have to throw so much away? 

A: I’m sorry but we do not currently make any refill size bottles, however you can recycle the bottles!

Q: Can I spray this on my plants? 

A: This product is not labeled for use on plants, I can suggest our 3 in 1 garden spray. If you decide to use it, make sure to test a small area before broadly spraying over the whole plants, and read all of the labels instructions. 

Q: How do you turn the nozzle? 

A: The first turn can be difficult, but you can use a pair of pliers to get a good grip on it and twist it either way. There are 2 off positions, 1 mist spray position, and 1 stream spray position

Q: Can I use this in my bedroom? Will it work on Boxelder bugs? Why aren’t the ingredients listed on the label? 

A: Yes, you can use this product in your bedroom, the label even includes treatment to beds. Boxelder bugs are a listed treatable insect on the label. Yes, the ingredients are listed on the label, actives and inerts.

Q: How long will this smell last? 

A: This depends upon the surface that was sprayed, the amount of product used, and if it was used indoors or outdoors.  The more porous and absorbent the surface the longer it will last. If you used a considerable amount it will also last longer. You can help it clear out if you open windows to the enclosed area, or put a fan on it. If used a larger amount of spray you can clean the area with a mild soap such as dawn.

Q: How long will this smell last? 

A: This depends upon the surface that was sprayed, the amount of product used, and if it was used indoors or outdoors.  The more porous and absorbent the surface the longer it will last. If you used a considerable amount it will also last longer. You can help it clear out if you open windows to the enclosed area, or put a fan on it. If used a larger amount of spray you can clean the area with a mild soap such as dawn.

Q: How effective is Maggie’s Farm Home Bug Spray as a home bug treatment?

A. Maggie’s Farm Home Bug Spray is an excellent go-to for home pest control. It is formulated using natural plant oils and kills the most common home invading pests including ants (also carpenter ants), bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, mosquitoes, spiders, ticks, and other crawling and flying pests. The residual then repels other pests who come near it.

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I bought this product from Walmart. The reason I bought it was because of the ingredients. I didn’t expect anything outstanding, but boy oh boy was I wrong! This stuff is amazing! It works so well. Kills everything I want it to, and doesn’t bother my small dog. Win win for me. I hope they never stop making this.

Jane T.
United States United States

Great bug killer

Great for inside the house. Fresh smell and isn't harmful to children or pets. Bugs die when you use this.

Charles D.
United States United States

Random but amazing purchase.

I purchased this product actually a while ago at a Publix. It was all they had to control roaches at the time. So I bought it not really expecting much because anything that I've had experience with that says child and pet friendly usually does not work. I did not purchase it for these reasons though. It has a strong odour, but not unpleasant at all. It genuinely kills the German roaches we have/had on contact. Until I can get some bombs set off or afford pest control I think this will be a great go to.

Miranda H.
United States United States

Great Product!

This is the best bug spray I have used! It is safe to use around pets and children. It works!!!! I live in the woods and it keeps all types of bugs away. I am not fond of the smell, but within a short time span, the smell fades away.

Cathy M.
United States United States