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How to Get Rid of Red Bugs

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Red bugs belong to the family of mites. They are extremely small in their size but can cause a lot of inconvenience with their bites. These small mites are called red bugs because they feed on human skin and blood. Places that are less exposed to sunlight are very suitable for the growth and reproduction of red bugs.  

A life of red Bug

In winters activity of red bugs are limited. But with the arrival of spring, adult red bugs get active and lay eggs in the same dark and damp places where they have been hibernating in the winter season. Eggs soon advance to the larvae stage and that’s where they become a problem for households. Red bug larvae need mammal flesh and blood to grow.  

It is interesting to note that adult red bugs only feed on plant material during the season when their descendants causing a whole lot of trouble for households.

Getting rid of red bug through potent insecticides

  • Deltamethrin

Deltamethrin is a synthetic insect killer made of made of hydrocarbon chains with bromine, oxygen and nitrogen attached to make secondary structure. Deltamethrin-based insecticide products are a good option to get rid of red bugs. They keep adhered to the treated surface for longer time and therefore effective for many days even after treatment. It kills red bugs through skin contact or digestion. The toxicity of deltamethrin can paralyze red bugs if it ends up in red bug’s body through absorption or through oral ingestion.

Get concentrated deltamethrin and mix 1.5-2.0 ounces of it with a gallon of water and you are ready with your insecticide solution. Use it in spray bottle to treat all the affected area in and around your house. You can also get readymade deltamethrin-based products from a pest control store. Once it gets dries, it poses no harm to humans and pet animals.

  • Cyfluthrin 

Cyfluthrin is another complex hydrocarbon compounds that is effective against red bugs. It is used as insecticide in its diluted form. Cyfluthrin products usually come in odorless form and suitable to spray on vegetation in your backyard or lawn. Red bugs love to live in damp and low vegetation areas therefore cyfluthrin-based products will be good to treat the outside shrubs and plants to get rid of red bugs from them.   

Beta- cyfluthrin, just a structural variant of the chemical formula, adheres to the nerve cells of larvae stage red bug. It results into the overstimulation of nerve cells which impairs pest’s basic activities of motion and feeding that leads to their death. Cyfluthrin does not have the same affinity for mammalian nerve cells hence it is less toxic for animals and pet animals.

Unlike the above-mentioned insecticide option, it is not synthesized in labs. Beta- cyfluthrin is basically derived from natural chemical of pyrethrin found in certain flowers. Cyfluthrin are also a suitable option to get rid of red bugs from your yard or lawn because its spray doesn’t get absorbed in foliage which means your greenery will be protected from the adverse effects of this insecticide.

  • Diazinon

Diazinon is acid ester that can effectively be used to get rid of red bugs from indoors and outdoors of your house. This chemical is a strong enzyme inhibitor and can cause disruptions of physiological functions of red bugs.

Red bugs are notorious for their bites and they can easily latch to your skin and clothes to make you bawl with the unparalleled itchiness of their bites. Therefore, one should use appropriate red bug repellents whilst getting rid of them.  

Repelling red bugs through Diethyltoluamide

Diethyltoluamide, commonly known as DEET is the most effective red bug repellent. DEET is known to disable the smell receptors of red bugs. Larvae of red bugs feed on human skin when they are signaled through their olfactory receptors with human odor. Apply DEET-based lotions on skin or clothes so that you can save yourself from their petrifying bites.

Preventing red bud infestation in your house

Even though you can’t control the external carriers that can land red bug problem to your doorstep, but you can do some prevention measures to decrease the chances of red bug infestation.  

De-clutter your lawn/yard and make it inhospitable for red bugs

In most of the cases, red bugs become guest of outside vegetation of your house. They make it their habitat. To make sure that your lawn or yard is not used as the first stop for red bugs, de-clutter it. If you have a grassy space outside then trim it regularly. Pull out all the weeds and other thick shrubs outside that can become a perfect haven for red bugs.  

A trimmed and low vegetation lawn/yard will also help in reducing the humidity levels of the area and will allow more sunlight, making the space unsuitable for red bugs to live and multiply.

Prevention of Red bug bites

If you are place has already infested by red bugs then it is better to use some preventive tips to protect yourself from their dreadful bites:

  • Don’t leave any openings in your clothes because red bug larvae can easily hop on your body and crawl underneath your cloths to do their thing.

  • Socks and shoes become very prone to red bugs because they are in near proximity of red bug habitation. Sprinkle amorphous sulfur inside your shoes and socks because red bugs can’t tolerate sulfuric smell.

Treating your house with professional insecticide products and acting on preventive measures will eventually help you in getting rid of red bugs from your house space.

Here’s What Solutions Carries for Red Bug Control

There are a numbers of products that we carry that target red bugs. We recommend either using an aerosol spray like Microcare Insecticide Aerosol or pesticides like Essentria IC3 Natural Pesticide, Reclaim ITand Sylo Insecticide.

The best methods of redbug control starts with identifying where they are congregating. Usually red bugs are found around the home in pine straw, wood chips, mulch areas, grass, overgrown wild areas, briar patches, or anywhere ground cover is thick. English ivy, poison ivy and junipers will all provide great protection for nesting redbugs. Since these locations may be all over the property, redbug control is best done by treating everything and spot treating “hot spots” where redbugs frequent.

These products are also great when redbugs find their way inside your home. Use these products to treat baseboards, crawlspaces or other areas where populations are suspected to be living. Another good area to treat is around your home’s foundation.


Red bugs may be tiny but they can be big trouble if an infestation begins to grow. We hope with the help of our tips and recommendations you can overcome your red bug problem. For more assistance or to get your questions answered directly by an expert, reach out to us via phone at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or start up a live chat with us online.


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