Snout Nosed Beatles. Emerald Ash Borers. Lacy Bugs. No matter how elaborate the names are, the fact of the matter remains: bugs are bugs. And they can wreak havoc on your home, your landscaping, and your sanity.

What you use is just as important as when and how you use it. Here’s a quick guide.

Systemic Insecticides

A Systemic Insecticide, also known as an insecticide drench, is absorbed through the roots to give plants a repellent quality that won’t wash off. One 60-second application with the correct concentration can last as long as one year, protecting the entire plant from damage caused by leafminers, borers, aphids, and beetles.

When bugs are sucking the life out of your trees, shrubs, and patio enjoyment, it’s time to reclaim your ground by using a systemic insecticide that goes on once and works all season to protect your plants from ravenous insects. The trick is to target specifically and treat early in the season to slow down breeding cycles and stave off damage before it starts.

Indoor/Outdoor Insecticides

Indoor/Outdoor pest treatments are best applied around the perimeter of buildings and landscaped areas where bugs are likely to hide. A low-pressure spray that is easily wielded can be highly effective at controlling insect activity and can minimize or eliminate insect damage on trees, bushes, and wooden posts and poles.

For outdoor application, again, paying attention to package directions is paramount. The proper application ensures the right concentration for maximum results and can keep your plants free of aphids, mites, chinch bugs, and more.