Preventing and Eliminating Crawling Insects

Most of these species are fairly hard to prevent due to their size and their nature. Parasites such as ticks, fleas and lice are prevented through monthly treatment of pets with an appropriate agent, whereas other insects are prevented through sealing up cracks and maintaining good sanitation practices — keeping food covered in sealed containers and using door brushes to reduce the risk of transfer. You can also be proactive by spraying and dusting vulnerable areas with an appropriate insecticide and the use of borax traps.

However, regular inspection is key, and that’s where Catchmaster® glue boards and glue traps come in. Place them in areas where insects are likely to roam so that you can identify the species quickly and then deal with them. Look for areas of fecal staining (essentially where insects deposit their poop) and set up your trap nearby. You can also use light traps to attract certain insects, but most crawling insects are repelled by UV light at short range.

Small infestations can sometimes be eliminated by vacuuming, but a full-blown infestation may require pesticide use combined with improved sanitation and eliminating the methods through which they get in. It’s important that you identify the species early on, so use Catchmaster® glue boards and glue traps to quickly identify and solve a crawling insect infestation.