Pest control maintenance will keep most of the insects away from your home, but you may still encounter the occasional spider or fly. When issues like that happen, you need to be prepared to get rid of the problem on your own. Sometimes you just don’t have time to call an exterminator to get rid of a bug. You have to do it on your own. Here are some must have pest control solutions for the home that you need to keep handy.

Electric Fly Swatter

An electric fly swatter is much like a traditional fly swatter, but it is much more powerful. This device looks a bit like a tennis racket, with two layers of metal mesh on the face. When you push a button on the handle, those metal pieces are filled with a current that will zap any bug that passes through. The insect must touch both plates to be electrocuted, but that happens almost every time. Having a device like this will let you swat insects in the air without having to get right on them. If you hear a loud pop, followed by a split-second spark, you know you hit something.

Long-Range Flying Insect Spray

It’s always nice to have some flying insect spray around in case you have a problem with wasps, bees, etc. Make sure that the king you buy works for the types of pests you normally encounter. For instance, some sprays that work great on houseflies will not work for wasps. You need the one that will help you out the most. Ideally, get something with a long range spray so that you do not have to be close to the insect to kill it. You can find products at local supermarkets that handle up to 25 feet. The further away you can get, the better chance you’ll have of avoiding problems.

Long-Reach Vacuum Hose

As silly as it sounds, sometimes a vacuum is the best option for pest control. If you notice a spider web in a corner of your ceiling, you may not be able to reach it on your own. This is where a long vacuum hose can come into play. Put the long stiff nozzle on the end of it and put it right over the problem. Then turn on the vacuum and suck up anything you need to. Just to be on the safe side, dump the vacuum out once you are finished, in case the critter is still alive. Dump it out into a bag, seal it up, and take it to the dumpster.

Outdoor Sprays

The outdoor bug sprays you can buy for your home are not nearly as powerful as the chemicals used by professionals. Nevertheless, they may provide you with help in between spray sessions. You may have an area of your home that gets rained on a lot and loses its chemical barrier easily. Go over that with your own pest spray, and you can tie yourself over until the next round with professional pest control specialists.

Must-Have Pest Control Solutions at Home