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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.

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.

Long term control

Surface treatment using residual sprays 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.

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. Apply insecticide to exterior walls, window frames, door frames, vents, pergolas and other surfaces which pest insects and spiders might contact.

Note: Most insecticides are broken down by UV light and have a shorter life in bright sunlight so a second spray in such areas will increase efficacy. Also insecticides can be slower to work in higher temperatures; so on warm days the insects and spiders may take longer to die after contact.

Many spiders and crawling insect pests will hide and infest voids around a house such as roof and ceiling voids. Aerosols and smoke generators 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. Extra care must be taken when using smoke bombs and aerosols to avoid flammable materials and sources of ignition.

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.

Long Term Insect Monitoring

Insect monitors are an essential part of Integrated Pest Management for commercial and domestic Pest Controllers.

They are a useful tool to alert you to the presence of certain insect pests.

Insect monitors are particularly useful against cockroaches and bed bugs

What can insect monitors do for you?

It is very important that insect monitors are placed in the right locations. They should be placed in corners and along natural lines.

Be sure to use enough to let you judge both the size and scope of the population. The most common error is using too few monitors and missing out on the valuable information they will provide.

While you can’t know exactly how many insects remain, you can get a sense of the relative size of the problem.

You should also be able to determine where the insects are, where they are not, and where an infestation is the heaviest.

15 Products in Crawling Insects

Digrain Control Insect Killer Surface Spray
Digrain Control Insect Killer Surface Spray
From £11.23 per 600ml inc. vat
£9.36 ex. vat
Dethlac Insecticidal Lacquer
Dethlac Insecticidal Lacquer
From £3.41 per 250ml inc. vat
£2.84 ex. vat
Rentokil Insectrol Crawling Insect Killer
Rentokil Insectrol Crawling Insect Killer
From £3.86 per 250ml inc. vat
£3.22 ex. vat
Digrain Insectaclear C Surface Spray Insect Killer
Digrain Insectaclear C Surface Spray Insect Killer
From £13.81 per Litre inc. vat
£11.51 ex. vat
Insectaclear STRONG for Mattresses Carpets and Bedding
Insectaclear STRONG for Mattresses Carpets and Bedding
From £11.70 per Litre inc. vat
£9.75 ex. vat
Organ-X Desi-Dust (Diatomaceous Earth) Insect Killing Powder
Organ-X Desi-Dust (Diatomaceous Earth) Insect Killing Powder
From £6.58 per 500g inc. vat
£5.48 ex. vat
Oa2ki Aerosol Diatomaceous Earth Organic Insect Powder
Oa2ki Aerosol Diatomaceous Earth Organic Insect Powder
From £18.22 per 500ml inc. vat
£15.18 ex. vat
Insecto Smoke Generators
Insecto Smoke Generators
From £3.22 Each inc. vat
£2.68 ex. vat
Phobi Dose Mattress Bedding and Carpet Treatment Bed Bug Killer
Phobi Dose Mattress Bedding and Carpet Treatment Bed Bug Killer
From £54.32 per 5 Litres inc. vat
£45.27 ex. vat
Digrain Cyperbio 100EW
Digrain Cyperbio 100EW
From £39.98 per Litre inc. vat
£33.32 ex. vat
Cimetrol Super
Cimetrol Super
From £161.34 per 500ml inc. vat
£134.45 ex. vat
Microbait Insect Monitoring Station
Microbait Insect Monitoring Station
From £10.14 per 10 Pack inc. vat
£8.45 ex. vat
Trappit CR Pads RTU
Trappit CR Pads RTU
From £23.33 per 100 Pack inc. vat
£19.44 ex. vat
Trappit CR Lo-Line Cockroach Monitor
Trappit CR Lo-Line Cockroach Monitor
From £8.27 per 10 Pack inc. vat
£6.89 ex. vat
Trappit CR Corner Insect Monitor RTU
Trappit CR Corner Insect Monitor RTU
From £8.87 per 30 Pack inc. vat
£7.39 ex. vat
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