Pest Control Tips for New Homeowners

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Moving into a new place is exciting, but it can also mean a potential battle against pests that may currently reside in your new home. When the home is an older or smaller space, such as an apartment or a condo, it can be especially difficult to keep the pests at bay. Whether you’re renting or buying your new space, you never really know what issues the previous residents faced, which means that bugs could be hiding anywhere. Raid® offers the following tips to help keep pests out of your home.

The experts at Raid® are experienced at protecting your home from invading bugs. For more than 55 years, SC Johnson has run the largest private, urban entomology lab in North America and developed the Raid® Defense System to attack, control and prevent insects that invade your home.














Before You Move In

Three out of four Americans claim they are less likely to purchase a home with bug issues, according to a survey conducted by Raid®. But, finding evidence of an infestation is not always easy, as bugs may be lurking in hard-to-reach areas of your home. If you’re worried about bugs prior to moving in, make sure your new place is thoroughly cleaned. While most spaces are usually cleaned before new tenants move in, this typically does not mean a deep cleaning—which includes dark corners, baseboards and low cabinets, nooks and crannies or other indoor areas where bugs love to hide. So, if you do happen to find some unwanted creepy crawlies as your “roommates,” you can turn to Raid® Ant & Roach Killer which kills roaches, ants, spiders and other listed insects on contact.














Once You’re Home

So, you’ve moved in, cleaned the place and dealt with the insects right away. Is the bug battle over? Not necessarily. During certain times of the year, especially when the weather changes, bugs tend to migrate from the outdoors to inside our homes to escape the elements. For example, you will most likely see more ants showing up in your home in the spring and summer months in search of food to bring back to the colony. To deal with this problem use the child-resistant and easy to use Raid® Ant Baits. Simply set the baits along ant trails, or in the problem areas where you see ants entering or congregating. They will take the poisonous bait back to their colony to share, thereby killing the entire colony and helping rid your home of ants for up to three months.

























To keep bugs away before you spot them, do some preventative care in your new home. Keeping your new home clean is the first and easiest step. Yet, sometimes no matter how clean your space is, you may still have problems with cockroaches or other bugs that can live in the walls and floors shared with other tenants, especially in older apartment buildings or condos. To address that issue you want to do a spray treatment on a regular basis. Raid Max® Bug Barrier is a spray that keeps killing German cockroaches for up to 12 months on non-porous surfaces and can be used both indoors and outdoors. It can also kill other types of bugs trying to infest your home, such as mosquitoes, beetles, fleas, spiders, moths and more.

Extreme Cases

Sometimes a high volume of insects can be a sign of more serious problems, such as mold, water damage or structure deterioration. If you are renting, be sure to contact your landlord regarding the issue. Another resource is the Raid® Fumigator Fumigating Fogger which creates a dry, fumigating fog that penetrates deep into hard-to-reach areas to kill bugs where they hide. The dry fog has a fresh scent and won’t leave a messy residue.

Here are some helpful tips when using a fumigator to treat hard-to-reach spaces.

Preparation for Fogging:

  • Do not use in small areas like a closet, cabinet or under a table.
  • Use only one container per room.
  • Close doors and windows.
  • Turn off fans and air conditioners and disconnect smoke alarms.
  • Open cabinet or cupboard doors, drawers and closets.
  • Cover or remove exposed food, dishes and utensils or wash before use.
  • Remove plants and pets and if you have a fish aquarium, cover and turn off.
  • Fill out the hang tag that is on the box and place on the door.


  • When ready to use, peel back foil on the plastic cup and remove the metal can.
  • Add water to the line marked on the bottom of the cup and place on the floor in the middle of the room.
  • Return can to the plastic cup, being sure to keep upright. There is a short delay before the smoke emits from the can.
  • Leave your home for 3 hours.


  • Open doors and windows and allow to air for 30 minutes. If you still smell an odor, continue to air the rooms before returning to space.
  • Turn on aquariums and connect smoke alarms.
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23 Responses to “Pest Control Tips for New Homeowners”

  1. September 25, 2015 at 3:15 pm, Nora Moore said:

    That's a good idea to do some preventative action when it comes to pests before you unpack everything. It's easier to spray the walls when you haven't moved all your furniture in and everything. I prefer to make sure I never have a problem if at all possible. While it doesn't always fix everything, it doesn't hurt to try.


  2. October 15, 2015 at 8:18 pm, Lauren Woodley said:

    I think the best way to keep pests out of your home is to take preventive measures to make sure your home isn't a conducive environment for them. That being said, the advice you give to keeping your home clean as the first measure of keeping pests out was very helpful. I definitely agree that keeping your home clean will eliminate any harboring environments for pests. Plus, this is probably the easiest, simplest and cheapest way to keep them out, too. Thank you for sharing!


  3. October 21, 2015 at 11:33 pm, Jessy Shaw said:

    My husband and I recently bought an older home and when we went to move in, we found cockroaches everywhere in the basement! We have absolutely no idea how to get rid of them and I agree with you when you say not to make the problem worse. I think that this situation requires pest control services so that we can move into our home as soon as possible. Thanks for sharing, these tips will definitely come in handy.


  4. November 03, 2015 at 9:44 pm, Brandon Roberts said:

    I just got a new home for my family and I, and we heard that there has been termite infestations around the neighborhood lately. I really want to make sure I prevent this from happening to my home as much as I can. That being said, I really appreciate you sharing with me techniques and things I can do in order to prevent this. I'll make sure I jump on doing these things right away! Thanks a ton for the help.


  5. November 10, 2015 at 2:55 am, Bryce Trout said:

    Ants around my house have to be one of my biggest pet peeves. I use Raid like you said in your article, but for some reason I have been been having some pest control issues lately. It might be time for me to try some of your extreme case tips. Thank you for sharing.


  6. December 28, 2015 at 6:49 pm, Veronica Marks said:

    I appreciate the instructions for where and how to place ant baits. We started getting ants in our kitchen last week, and I was surprised since it's so cold and snowy outside. They seemed to be coming from under the floor, which is a whole different problem. I got some ant baits, but I don't think I put them in the right place because I put them in the corners of the kitchen so I could keep my baby away from them. I'll have to move them over to be right in the ant trail so that they have very easy access to the bait.


  7. January 13, 2016 at 2:30 am, Nora Moore said:

    That's true that I might not always see evidence of bug problems before I move into a new place. We moved into one apartment that, no matter how much we cleaned, we always had ants all over the place. We had to learn quite a bit about pest control. If they come back again, we might just call in the professionals to deal with it.


  8. February 17, 2016 at 8:50 pm, Jeff Madison said:

    I appreciated your tips on how using pest killing sprays can be a preventative measure against pest infestation. It seems that with proper preventative steps you can avoid any small scale problem from turning into an infestation. I remember that my brother had a pretty bad bug problem last summer and eventually called a professional, I wonder if these preventative tips could have helped him avoid that.


  9. February 22, 2016 at 3:28 pm, Jason Strong said:

    My wife and I just bought our first home and are loving it so far. Since we are new to this whole process, we are wanting to find out some of the tricks of the trade when it comes to owning a home. I'm so glad I found this article because we haven't even thought about preparing our home to fight against unwanted pests. These tips really helped and I plan on getting some raid and these other things on my own home from work today.


  10. March 03, 2016 at 6:20 pm, Howard Reed said:

    Thanks for pointing out that keeping the house clean is an ongoing battle. I will probably have to check if our house still has some bugs lingering. Hopefully I will be able to handle it, but honestly, I will have to look for some professionals to take care of it once and for all.


  11. March 18, 2016 at 5:46 am, Drew said:

    Fogging always scares me because you don't really know what is getting all over your home. It is nice to have an idea of how to use one if you ever get to that point. Thanks so much for sharing!


  12. April 06, 2016 at 12:07 pm, Andre Beluchi said:

    It seems like the area where my wife saw sightings of spiders came from a room that's meant for our daughter. Together we're thinking of finding an inspector to do a building inspection around the whole house. My guess is that they must be coming from a hole or a crack within the walls of that room.


  13. April 07, 2016 at 6:33 pm, Kairi Gainsborough said:

    Thanks for the advice about how to get rid of pests in my new house. Unfortunately, we did not see any sign of a problem when we first moved. Now we've seen quite a few bugs, and I think there might even be termites. I can try the products your suggested, but I think it would be a good idea to hire a professional if we really do have termites.


  14. June 08, 2016 at 3:40 pm, Aria Wellington said:

    I really like your advice for for getting pest issues under control before you move into a home. My sister and her husband found a really great home that they like but there are termites in the attic. I'll have to tell them about pest control and see if they can get the problem taken care of.


  15. June 13, 2016 at 7:05 am, Drew said:

    This looks like the ultimate protection method here. Thanks for the advice!


  16. June 27, 2016 at 11:25 am, Andre Beluchi said:

    Oh, I remember having a pest control crew using the spray that's mentioned in this article. It was quite interesting to see how the spray killed the pests, especially the ants. I guess the ingredients that were found in the spray seemed to work effectively and really fast.


  17. December 17, 2016 at 9:29 am, Vivian said:

    Great ideas here. As the weather is turning colder, we're experiencing pests that want to escape the elements by sharing our living space! Not interested!


  18. January 04, 2017 at 12:40 pm, Jenna Hunter said:

    I had no clue that when the weather changes, bugs tend to migrate from the outdoors to inside. We bought our house 3 months ago and we are seeing a problem with ants in our house. I found one on my 4 month old baby. We will be sure to get those taken care of through professionals!


  19. January 27, 2017 at 11:48 am, Ben Allen said:

    I appreciate the pest control tips for new homeowners, it was super helpful. I agree that it is important to ensure that you find out if the previous tenants were having any problems with pests before you and make sure you keep up on the maintenance of that after you move in. I would imagine that most homes have some sort of pest problem in one way or another.


  20. February 03, 2017 at 12:30 am, Fred Harvey said:

    Pest management is essential because pests can carry toxic compounds that can contaminate foods and cause disease . These harmful bacteria can be passed to the food by touch with their hair , faeces and urine . Pests may also cause severe damage to the structure and fabric of food premises .


  21. February 22, 2017 at 7:25 am, Lindsey Barnes said:

    Hmmm, sounds like it would be a great idea to fog before you get moved in – then you don't have to worry about your pets! Do you wear a mask or something when you go back in to keep from breathing in the fumes?

    Also, is there a good way to check for infestations before you move in? With mice you can see the droppings and what not, but how can you tell you have cockroaches without seeing them?


  22. June 07, 2017 at 11:54 am, John Mahoney said:

    I appreciate you talking about how it is important to remember to keep your place clean if you want to avoid pests. I can see how this can be beneficial when you want to keep house pests out and avoid putting your family's health at risk. We just moved into our new house and have noticed several ant hills in our yard so we want to make sure they go away and stay away from our home.


  23. July 17, 2018 at 6:52 pm, Penelope Smith said:

    I liked that you pointed out that it might be smart to inspect the home for pests before you move into a home. Personally, I hate bugs and wouldn't want to deal with them. So, this is good for me to know because it seems like a good way for me to not buy a home with bug issues.


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