Tips and FAQs about insecticides

Are there bugs all year round?

The presence of insects depends a lot on climatic conditions. In general, and due to their better adaptation, insects such as cockroaches and moths are more stable and can be found throughout the year. However, it is true that during the central winter months (November to February) they can have low activity. On the other hand, flying insects (mostly flies and mosquitoes) are more concentrated in spring and summer, extending into mild autumns and practically disappearing in winter.

What is the difference between a common mosquito and a tiger mosquito?

The tiger mosquito is a different insect for many reasons. The first, morphological: it is a mosquito with a particular appearance, with a robust black body and white transverse stripes. In addition, it has different behavioral aspects that make it especially harmful:

  1. To develop its life cycle, it only needs small amounts of water, like any container or puddle of water. Therefore, it is a species that reproduces much more easily.
  2. It is more aggressive than native species, its bites are more painful and cause more allergic reactions, therefore, they have a greater impact on our population.
  3. They use more aggressive strategies: they usually also bite during the day.

How is the hygiene of my home related to the presence of insects?

If you consult Insectopedia, you will see that many insects are attracted to, feed on, or grow on food scraps, decaying matter, or fecal matter. Therefore, the presence of all these elements, although they do not in themselves create the presence of insects, stimulate the development and growth of their population. Consequently, house cleaning is key to controlling insects.

In addition to using insecticides to eliminate or prevent the presence of insects, what other basic measures can be taken at home?

Keep your house very clean. Try to eliminate possible food sources (crumbs, grease, etc.): Do not leave dishes or cutlery unwashed. Place food in airtight containers. If you have pets, treat them for fleas and ticks and keep their space clean. Use insecticides preventively but rationally. Control insects before they enter your home when you perceive a threat. Keep trash cans covered or use sturdy, tightly sealed bags. Try to eliminate containers that can accumulate water to avoid possible mosquito breeding sites.

I am allergic, can I use insecticides without problems?

All of our insecticides comply with the legal requirements of the countries in which we operate. However, in addition to this, in most countries we have a range of products specially formulated to minimize allergic reactions in sensitive individuals, such as removing fragrances, which are the cause of most allergic reactions, and using cosmetic solvents. However, if you are allergic or have any concerns, we recommend that you consult your doctor.

Are mosquito repellents effective against the tiger mosquito?

Yes. All products used to eliminate and prevent the presence of mosquitoes are effective against the tiger mosquito.

What insecticide should I use in the children’s room?

All our insecticides are registered with the Ministry of Health and classified as low risk for humans, including children. In addition, we have in our catalog specific products formulated to guarantee maximum protection with minimum risk (see Question 5).

How can an insecticide be natural?

There are some elements in nature that are natural insecticides: one example is natural pyrethrins, a mixture of organic compounds found naturally in the flowers of plants of the genus Chrysanthemum (commonly called pyrethrum or pyrethrum), a plant in the daisy family. The extract of these plants is used as an insecticidal active ingredient in the formula of some of our mosquito repellents. Other plants that contain substances with insecticidal activity of greater or lesser intensity against different types of insects are lavender, geranium, cedar…

What are the differences between the different insecticide systems?

Traps, such as roach or ant traps, or window fly traps, do not release any insecticides into the air. They are composed of baits, for example, an attractive food mixed with the insecticide in some cases or, in others, pheromones, which attract the insect to eat it and thus die from consumption.

Aerosols release large droplets of insecticide that soak the insect, causing the insecticide to quickly penetrate its cuticle and respiratory system, causing rapid death.

Where is the best place to buy insecticide spray?

Bloom’s insecticide spray can be purchased in most supermarkets and in any establishment where our range of products is sold: obviously, there will be more or less variety, depending on the type and size of the commercial premises. In any case, all our products contain clear explanations of use and recommendations on their packaging, so the seller’s opinion is not necessary to use them.

Are there insect protection formats more effective than others? In that case? What’s the difference?

All of our products are effective and have been tested. Depending on the type of insects, some will be more suitable than others. In question 9 we explain the performance differences of different insecticide systems: traps, electric diffusers and sprays (see question 9).

Is it harmful to my health to use insecticides in the same environment where I am?

All of our insecticides are designed and approved for use in inhabited spaces. To avoid unnecessary overexposure, label instructions must be read and followed; that way, you’ll make sure you don’t take any risks.

Is the insecticidal aerosol in other formats harmful?

Due to the technical characteristics of the aerosol, a short period of time is required for the insecticide cloud created and spread around the room to dissolve. Therefore, in order to avoid unnecessary exposure, it is recommended not to enter the room immediately after spraying. In general, aerosol is no more harmful than other insecticide formats.

Can Cucal insecticides be used to control pests in pets? What about our plants?

Household insecticides must never be used for purposes other than those for which they were authorized and indicated on the label. Pets and plants should not be affected if the instructions are followed, but if the insecticide is applied directly to them it will be.

What happens if we accidentally spray insecticide on food?

As a precaution, it is better to dispose of them, just as you would if the food were contaminated with a cleaning or hygienic product: soaps, perfumes, bleaches, detergents, etc.

What is the least environmentally harmful insecticide format?

Henkel’s insecticidal products are designed to have a minimal environmental impact. Each product is formulated with components that minimize the risk of ecological damage if used as directed.

In the case of insecticidal aerosols, they do not contain freon gas or chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), so they do not damage the ozone layer.

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