The quickest pest control results (this tip sucks)

So often I am asked what is the quickest way to get rid of pests such as roaches, fleas, earwigs and even ladybugs. When I give my answer I always get the same confused look.

There are many fast knockdown sprays, dusts and application devices but the tool I’m speaking of completely removes the insect and is very easy to use and you have it in your home already. Once finished all the bugs are neatly collected in a small bag and can be discarded. In some instances you will need no sprays or powders and life can return to normal in a matter of minutes. What is this advice I give?


A vacuum cleaner with it’s attachments can safely remove quite a number of pests and even the most squeamish have no problem sucking up an ugly insect from the distance a hose and attachment allows. Great for over head spiders or a trail of ants on your food contacting surface and probably the number 1 recommended activity in flea control. With no chemicals involved you don’t have to worry about contaminating sensitive areas and most units come with crack and crevice tips that allow you to get deep into furniture cushions or in between appliances.

There are many types of vacuums now and depending on yours and the bugs you’ll be sucking up you may want to slightly modify it so you don’t cake your filter with bug guts or simply collect a ton of live ones that are ready to jump out when you remove the bag.

Vacuum Tips

If you are plagued with fleas I would suggest that you sprinkle some Diamataceous Earth on the floor and then suck that up first. A lot of fleas will survive the trip into the bag or canister and the DE will kill those hardy ones. If you have a cloth type filter and are sucking up German roaches or large numbers of bugs through the hose you might want to create a filter using a nylon stocking. Simply put a nylon in the hose with a few inches draped over the end, use a rubber band to keep it in place or even the hard plastic attachment. When you are finished simply tie up the stocking and throw it away. Vacuums that use water to catch the dirt are great because all you need to do is send the drowned bugs down the commode.

Your vacuum cleaner can be a vital tool in keeping your home pest free and is quick and easy to use. I highly recommend it for migrating lady bugs that get in or the scary looking earwig no one wants to touch. Just remember that some bugs carry filth and disease such as the german cockroach and without approved Hepa filters you will need to clean your unit thoroughly to prevent any potential problems.

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.

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