Insecticides are the most effective way to remove pests from your home or garden, and they make use of chemicals or naturally occurring materials to wipe out a population of insects in a matter of days. However, there are a few different types of insecticides available, each of which operates in a different manner to accomplish the same function. Understanding the differences between the available types of insecticides can help you choose the one that best fits your needs.

Systemic Insecticides

Systemic insecticide is a long term solution to an infestation of insects in your garden. They are designed to be sprayed onto the grass and soil throughout your entire yard, where they will then seep into the roots of plants. Through absorption, these types of insecticides will spread throughout the entirety of the plants that they come into contact with, and will then exist in the leaves and green matter of the plant. This means that any insects that eat the plants in your garden will be killed, and since the insecticide will sit within the plant for a while before disappearing, this is a great long term solution to deal with bug infestations. However, as the insecticide will have to travel throughout the plants that they are applied to, they can take a while to work.

Contact Insecticides

Contact insecticides work by killing any insects that they come into contact with. This means that they are sprayed directly on bugs, or left out within your garden and home in traps that will attract and kill bugs on contact. These types of insecticides are best for small infestations, and when you want to clear out a certain area, but struggle to be effective when dealing with large amounts of insects, especially over a large area. Additionally, since they have to be applied directly, contact insecticides are completely useless as preventative measures to reduce insect populations over the long term.

Ingested Insecticides

Ingested insecticides are quite similar to contact insecticides, but work by killing insects that end up eating them. This means that they work more passively than most contact insecticides do, as they can be simply left out in traps for a long period of time to attract and kill pests in your home or garden. While they work quicker than systemic insecticides do, they are still not as effective at reducing a large scale infestation over a large area, and are best used as a preventative measure in a home or small garden.

For more information and options, talk with professional exterminators, such as those at Ace Walco & Sons Termite & Pest Control.