How do I get rid of bothersome bugs?


It is not always possible to completely get rid of bugs indoors, but a combination of the right products, some good old-fashioned cleaning, and home repairs can go a long way. No single product can do everything to solve your bug problem, which is why it is important to take a multifaceted approach. Also, keep in mind that bugs come into the home for a variety of reasons: food, water, or shelter. Correctly identifying the bugs you are fighting—and then eliminating the things that attract them—will help prevent them from coming inside. The harder you make it for bugs to come indoors, the less likely it will be that they invade.
Know Your Enemy

The first step in alleviating your problem is knowing which bugs you are fighting. Use our Bug ID Tool to identify the type of bugs you are dealing with.

Secure the Area

Fighting Bugs from the Outside In

If bugs are invading your home, chances are they are coming in from outside. While treatment depends on the type of bug you are dealing with, these general tips can help:

  • Repair windows or doors that do not fit tightly
  • Weatherproof the open spaces around windows and doors, particularly between the bottom of the door and the floor
  • Make sure that your home’s eaves are in good condition
  • Check vents and other openings into the home that may need to be sealed, replaced or repaired
  • If you live in an apartment, work as a team with your neighbors and community to tackle the problem
Rain Can Lead to Bugs

When using outdoor products to fight bugs, rain can put a damper on things. Make sure to check the weather first, since you do not want to apply an outdoor product if there is rain in the forecast. Rain can jumpstart new bug populations and may also make your treatments ineffective. Re-apply to outdoor areas after heavy rain if the problem does not go away. For other products, check the re-application information on the label. Be sure to read the label before use.