This summer, I have been doing my own home insect and arachnid control, using several simple methods and compounds.
First, you need some equipment. The basics are a sprayer and a duster. You can buy a sprayer at virtually any hardware store or home mega store. I bought a 1-gallon pump Chapin. I also bought an extension rod for the sprayer. The further you are from the spray, the better. It also assists in reaching windows. The duster, you will probably have to buy online. I bought a Crusader hand duster for around $15. You can buy this at the same time you buy your insecticides.
Secondly, you'll want both a spray and a dust. Why both? They have different uses. Spray is for broad areas while dust is to reach into cracks and crevices.
I strongly suggest you buy online for these. The chemicals you find at a local store are at best ineffective and at worst, poisonous to you and your family.
For sprays, I selected Demand CS. Demand CS is a water-based insecticide concentrate that offers excellent pest control. Demand's micro-encapsulated technology means that when you apply it, it leaves thousands of micro particles that bind to the surface offering long-term protection and fast insect knock-down. After it dries, it is considered safe to be around people, pets, and food.
I use Demand CS outside only as a barrier around the house and garage, and it's amazing stuff. After you apply it, you will start to notice that it continues to work for over a month (although I do spray about once a month).
The video below shows you how to spray around your home, paying attention to entry points. I suggest spraying on windless days to limit contact with the spray.
Inside the house, I use only what are called “natural or organic” products. These are products which are considered non-harmful to humans or pets, especially fish. I also prefer to just use dust. If you use an effective barrier spray outdoors, you will get very few insects indoors. My dust of choice is freshwater food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE). DE is the fossilized skeletal remains of single celled phytoplankton commonly referred to as diatoms. It works by dehydrating insects through a desiccating action. The absorptive properties of the fossilized cell-walls easily remove the cuticle's outer waxy layer. This results in the loss of an insect's ability to maintain proper fluid levels-ultimately leading to death. The advantages of DE are three f... keep reading on reddit ➡