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How to Proof Your Home Against Crawling Insect Pests and Spiders

Posted By David Brittain On January 19, 2011 @ 9:04 am In Pest Control | Comments Disabled

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Crawling insects are effectively controlled by treating surfaces with long lasting (residual) insecticide. Insects that contact treated surfaces are rapidly killed and in many cases the surfaces become repellent to insects, so acting as a barrier to insect pests.

Long term control

Surface treatment using residual spray such as Kiwicare NO Bugs Super, will give long term control of cockroaches, ants, spiders, silverfish, carpet beetle, booklice, fleas and other crawling pests. Insects and spiders are killed after they contact the treated surfaces and insecticide will not be inhaled by people or pets using the rooms. Spray around doorways and windows, skirting, kick boards and the floor surfaces where insect pests have been seen crawling.

Before you begin

If the areas to be treated are dusty or greasy it is good practise to clean these down first to prevent runs and for the best effect of the treatment. Cover or remove all fish tanks, pets, food, food utensils, food preparation surfaces, clothes, toys and bedding. Pull furniture away from walls so that you can get a clear run of spraying rather than having to stop to move each item of furniture.

Crawling insects and spiders inside

Apply spray as a coarse mist around the edges of rooms, against skirting boards and kick boards. Pay particular attention to places where insect pests might gain entry to each room.

Crawling insects and spiders outside

Crawling insect pests and spiders can be controlled before they get a chance to enter your home. Spraying the exterior with residual insecticide acts as a barrier to many pests and will prevent the unsightly appearance of spider webbing build up around the home. Spray a band around the base of all external walls. Pay particular attention to doorways and around windows and vents. For spiders pay attention to gutters and downpipes and other areas where spiders hide or build webs.

Choose a still day with a forecast of dry conditions for the next 6 hours. Apply NO Bugs Super as a coarse mist to exterior walls, window frames, door frames, vents, pergolas and other surfaces which pest insects and spiders might contact.

Note: Pyrethroids are broken down by UV light and have a shorter life in bright sunlight so a second spray in such areas will increase efficacy. NO Bugs Super is formulated to resist breakdown by UV light. Also pyrethrins are slower to work in higher temperatures; so on warm days the insects and spiders may take longer to die after contact.

Many spiders, particularly white tail spiders [2], and crawling insect pests will hide and infest voids around a house such as roof and ceiling voids. Kiwicare NO Bugs Bug Bombs [3] and Borafume [4] fumigators are ideal for eliminating spiders and insects in difficult to treat places such as these voids. The fumigants penetrate through the voids leaving nowhere for spiders and insects to hide.

Spraying Tips

Porous surfaces that absorb the spray may require a second treatment once the first one has dried completely.

Do not over spray walls. Avoid spraying to point where liquid spray runs down the wall. If spray beads and runs, spray more lightly and repeat after first spray has dried.

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