How often do you spray for bugs in your house?

United States
May 19, 2009 3:26pm CST
The last home owners were real pigs and left a mess for us to clean up. And their messy habits attracted bugs. And, now bugs are starting to poke their heads out of the walls and run around. I've read that bugs don't come out of the walls until there are so many that they can't find free room. Don't know if that's true, but I've been spraying bug spray like crazy. I don't really like using bug spray because of my daughter and cats. Both get into everything, so it's not safe to use poison spray. I'd like to order some Boric Acid online. That should take care of the bug problem within a week. How often do you spray for bugs in your house? How do you get rid of bugs or cockroaches? Any suggestions?
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@Darkwing (21591)
20 May 09
I don't have the problem here, but when I lived in Germany, I had cockroach infestations coming up from the boiler room, through the pipe holes. They infested my home twice and I had to call in a Bug Squad to rid me of them. The chemical they used to get rid of the roaches stunk, and I had to stay out of the kitchen for a day or two. It was lucky I had good neighbours, but they're not easy things to get rid of, my friend. Professional help is best. Brightest Blessings. I hope you get the problem sorted out soon.
• United States
20 May 09
Thanks for your comments. Your advice is always valued. Have a lovely day.
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@Darkwing (21591)
20 May 09
You're more than welcome my friend, and you have a great day too!
@pyewacket (43953)
• United States
19 May 09
I never use bug spray as I have cats too and can't stand the smell of it--and boric acid is very toxic to pets--I wouldn't use that either---best bet is to get those roach baits and place them away from where the cats can get them--like inside the sink cabinet, inside kitchen cabinets..under the fridge---they work the best--I haven't had a roach problem in years!!
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@AmbiePam (40197)
• United States
19 May 09
I've never been anywhere that had cockroaches, but I've battled swarms of ants before. Seriously, I can't even describe it. It was eight years ago when I lived alone in a trailer. I used bug bombs, and they went away. In fact, I did that right before I moved into my new apartment this past month. I wanted to get off to a good start, so I decided I was going to do a couple of things before I moved in. So with the apartment completely empty, I set off two bug bombs. It gave me reassurance because behind my complex there is a wooded area. Spiders seem to love to come and find me. And the thng with spiders is that I don't notice them until they are right next to me. Anyway, a person has to cover their furniture when they bug bomb an occupied house. And before you come back in, you make sure your windows have been opened for a couple of hours. And then everything is fine. The times I've done, way back when, it never harmed my pet once I came back in. Also, now, every six months the apartment manager has someone come and spray our apartments. I don't know what with, but apparently it is harmless enough that we don't even have to remove our pets the day they spray.
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• United States
20 May 09
OK! I will give that a shot. Thanks.
19 May 09
Hi beauty, Wow! that must be awful, trying to get rid of bugs, we haven't any here in my house, I've never even seen a roach except on tv, but if those people thaat left all them bugs where you are, it will need to be done by professional terminator as you won't be able to just get rid of them by yourself. Tamara
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• United States
20 May 09
Some areas are less prone to bugs than others. We live in a country like setting. Bugs are always everywhere in the country. Thanks for your suggestion.
@itsme_cha (504)
• United States
20 May 09
i just sprayed all over the house yesterday as ants and bees are all over again, since summer is comming they are all around already, they can be very irratating i dont like bugs they can get into the house and is not good as you will have a hard time finding them out inside the house. happy posting!!!
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@williamjisir (22913)
• China
20 May 09
Most of the time I use mosquito coils and sometimes I use mosquito or bug spray to drive away those disgusting bugs in the house. Either of them works though.
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@xannebull (1806)
• Philippines
20 May 09
i just spray bugs inside the house whenever i feel that there are mosquitoes biting us inside the house, if there's no mosquitoes or cockroaches around the house, i just didn't spray. and everytime i spray i make sure that my kids are not around the house neither no people inside the house because it's not good for our lungs, the smell of spray is very strong that is not good for human beings.
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@hotsummer (10050)
• Philippines
20 May 09
no. i don't spray any more. cause we don't have much bugs lately. and also i try to avoid to inhale those chemicals. what is a boric acid. is this safe alternative to conventional bug spray we have in the market.
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@soumeshp (103)
• Australia
20 May 09
I have a similar problem and would love to get rid of those cockroaches who have outstayed here as guests. I would have extensively sprayed their incubation areas in those dark cupboard corners; unfortunately, they reside in the kitchen and delivering the toxic dose to kill all the cockroaches would render the kitchen inhabitable for the next few weeks. I've grown pathetically accustomed to their presence and don't mind just stamping on them or crushing them (with a tissue paper of course). Boric acid might be the way to go...should do some research.
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
19 May 09
I have an awesome bug spray that I use and only have to apply every 6mo-a year. I can't bug bomb because I have dogs, but this stuff you only have to keep the pets away until it dries, so I just do a couple rooms at a time and it works great.
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@apples99 (6564)
• United States
19 May 09
Well actually I dont care much for using pesticides becuse I have a cat around the house and dont want him to get sick from using those toxic chemicals, but I do occasionally use them but only if I happen to see a pest I just spray it on the spot but not all around the house.
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@lilybug (21184)
• United States
19 May 09
I have never really had a problem with bugs. Except at this one apartment I had a few years ago. There were these one bugs that had a bunch of legs and they were fury. ICK!! Mice were the problem that I had. One place had a ton of them and another had only 1, but he was impossible to catch. You could try spraying outside once the bugs are gone to prevent them from coming back in.
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@GardenGerty (72865)
• Marion, Kansas
20 May 09
Why do you need to go online to get Boric Acid. You can get it at pharmacies, and I think you can still get it at Wal Mart. I have gotten it there before. I also like to get roach traps that the roaches eat the bait and it causes the offspring to have birth defects and be unable to breed. I think they have similar for ants. I do not spray. I do occasionally have a bug. They come in in sacks and boxes from the stores.They grow in rotting fire wood. It is hard to get rid of them and keep rid of them.
• United States
20 May 09
I was wondering when someone would ask me that question.
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@GardenGerty (72865)
• Marion, Kansas
20 May 09
So what is the answer.
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
20 May 09
I don't use spays, I use boric acid, I get mine from the hardware store, I have also seen some at Dollar General and Walmart, I keep it down all the time. Some time I will remove the old applications and apply some new powder. It seems to do the trick.
@darbyj23 (16)
• United States
20 May 09
once when we moved into our apartment and we do it once a year and thats only if we need it. we keep our home pretty clean, so bugs usually aren't a problem.
@cobra1368 (704)
• United States
20 May 09
We don't spray for bugs. We have two dogs and a cat, so I don't like to use any sort of pesticides. Not even in the garden outside. We are wildlife biologists, so the bugs don't really bother us. We either kill them as we see them, transport them outside, or tell our pit bull to eat them, LOL. She likes a crunchy cockroach! All three of them will race through the house chasing flying insects too. It is actually pretty entertaining to watch them all bouncing off the walls, trying to catch a large fly or a moth or something. I tend to leave spiders where they are, because spiders eat other insects, so I like them. If there is a large one crawling across the floor, again, I get the pit bull to eat it. She's my insect vacuum cleaner!
@SomeCowgirl (32277)
• United States
20 May 09
I believe I've said before I live with my fiance and his parents. That being said, we do use spray but we keep away as well as the dogs so that it can dry. We usually spray outside and inside, but the frequency depends on the bugs and whoever is spraying. My fiance and I haven't sprayed, and I don't think he's ever sprayed before I met him. Of course, these are ants and not really bugs, although we saw a roach in the house the other day, which was strange. We keep the place very clean here, his mom is a very cleanly person and it's rubbing off on me! In any case, I do hope you can find a safe solution for getting rid of those bugs. I found this and skimmed over it briefly, I think you might be interested in it. Safe alternatives to get rid of bugs when you have a child in the house! http://linkbee.com/GETBUGSOUT Of course this is not a referral link.
@agv0419 (3030)
• Philippines
20 May 09
For a while we don't spray insecticides because my mother has an asthma. Her attacks is very often so I don't want to trigger her asthma. It is also our problem the cockroaches and the bed bugs. I don't know how can I kill all of them without using insecticides. As much as I can I clean all the corners of our house. I think the cockroaches still survive the chemicals from what heard they can still survive the atomic bomb. We have cats so we don't have a problem with rats. I don't know how bedbugs brought here. I'm suspects my father brought the pest here because of his things in the camp.
@mybernz (34)
• Philippines
20 May 09
In our house i often spray bugs because it is my father who always remind us that do not spray for bugs if i donot told you to spray. No one can play with this spray chemicals for bugs my dads voice. that's why my sister and i will notspray for bugs eventhough we have seen 4bugs flying inside our house. My dad is very strict in using sprayer chemicals for bugs,he will not let their children do things which they dont know how to use. Simply my dad would say clean your room., put floorwax and avoid hanging used clothes just put your used clothes to the basket where used clothes are intact. All of the time we did it for us to avoid many cocroaches to appear in our house.we cleaned our backyard in the afternoon at 4-5pm and watering the plants. My dad also spray the ceiling and the other part of the house were the bugs or cocroaches may lived. Is your parents strict when you use spray chemicals for bugs or cocroaches?
@Preciousgem (1190)
• Philippines
20 May 09
I often spray insecticides in our home, if the people are not yet around the house, if ever before we sleep, i recently spray insecticides this morning before i wash clothes.