The DIY Approach To Getting Rid Of Pests In Your Home

You can defeat ants, cockroaches, spiders, fleas and bedbugs. They’re more than a nuisance. They can cause medical problems:

• Recent studies attribute cockroach allergens as the number- three contributor to children’s asthma.

• Of the 10,000 spider bites reported each year, about 20 percent come from the brown recluse spider, one of six poisonous spiders in the United States. A bite from one of these spiders can take months to heal.

• Adult fleas are not only a nuisance to humans and their pets, but can cause medical problems including flea allergy dermatitis, tapeworms, secondary skin irritations and, in extreme cases, anemia.

• Bedbugs feed mainly on the blood of humans at night when people are asleep. As they feed, they inject a salivary secretion into the wound that often causes the skin to itch and become swollen. Scratching causes sores that may become infected.

The best way to control indoor pests is to prevent them from entering your home. Eliminate standing water in or around your house. Stack wood away from your house. Store food in sealed containers. Keep a clean kitchen. Caulk cracks and crevices indoors and out. Bathe pets regularly so that fleas and Lyme disease-carrying ticks aren’t transported inside.

“However, even the cleanest, well-caulked home can be inviting to many pests,” says Bayer Advanced™ entomologist Ken Kukorowski, PhD. “But there’s a simple, do-it-yourself approach to eliminating pests.”

Bayer Advanced™ Home Pest Control, now available with a battery-operated sprayer, kills ants, roaches, spiders, fleas, bedbugs and other pests on contact and lasts for up to nine months indoors. No other do-it-yourself home pest-control product protects for a longer period of time.

Spray it into cracks, crevices and other spots where insects hide indoors. Outside, spray a three- to four-foot band alongside the foundation of the house as well as around windows and doors to create a barrier to keep bugs out. Always be sure to follow the instructions on the label.

All Bayer Advanced products carry a money-back guarantee.