Tar O Mar - FAQ

Should I wipe up the spray?

Depends on the Treatment & the Product

If you’re wondering if you should wipe up Tar O Mar  sprays after application, you’re not alone. Hopefully we can help clear up any issues for you. It’s all about the objective of the treatment and the product you’re using. For example, with Tar O Mar Ant & Roach Killer, if your aim is a quick kill of an ant that you see, wipe up any leftover residue. But if you want to kill other ants that may be hiding away, spray ant trails or cracks and crevices and let the spray dry. Be sure to read the label instructions before use.

What do ants eat?

Like us, they love food and water (species may vary)

Ants like to eat a lot of food that humans do: potato chips, bread, jelly, and sugar. They may also eat other insects. Anything you can do to remove exposed human and pet food, clean up spills, and seal or take out the trash can help mitigate your ant problem. Don’t let your kitchen floor become an ant buffet!

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Clean & Check Your Bags

Trying to get rid of bed bugs can be tough. The simplest way to prevent bed bugs is to avoid bringing infested items into your home. Of course, that’s easier said than done! Bed bugs can hitch a ride into your home on infested luggage, furniture, bedding, or clothing.

Hot water and dryer heat will kill bed bugs. If you suspect an intruder, wash all clothing and bedding in hot water and dry on high heat for at least 30 minutes.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

Remove H2O And the Skeeters should Go
You may not be able to get rid of mosquitoes entirely, but you can help keep them away with a combination of tips for around the home and the right products. In addition to stagnant water where they breed, mosquitoes are attracted to perspiration, body heat, and the carbon dioxide given off by your breath. Which means the first step in fighting mosquitoes is to eliminate the things they’re attracted to. And since we don’t recommend you stay inside all summer, a personal or area mosquito repellent product can also help if you want to enjoy the outdoors.

Water, Water, Everywhere

Mosquitoes Love Standing Water. Avoid Them With These Tips:

Do not let large sources of standing water such as kiddie pools sit out for long periods of time
Make sure your bird bath has clean water, and dump or remove if necessary
Remove leaves and debris from gutters to ensure water flows freely


Don’t Bite Me, Bro

Don’t Be a Mosquito Magnet

Stay indoors during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Avoid dark places, bushes, and tall grass since mosquitoes seek resting areas that have low airflow.
Dress to Impress

Wear pants and long sleeve shirts when you know mosquitoes are nearby. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colored clothing, so opt for lighter colors when you go outside.
Armed for Battle

Use Tar O Mar Flying Insect Killer to kill mosquitoes, flies, and other flying insects. It can be used both indoors and outdoors.

How do I get rid of ants?

Sweep, Starve, and Secure

Trying to keep your home ant-free can be tricky; there is no magic bullet that will get rid of ants entirely. When they invade your home, you may need to fight back with multiple “weapons” such as a combination of cleaning, on-the-spot treatment, and a bait product. In general, the best way to prevent ants is by eliminating the things that attract them, like spills, dirty dishes, and exposed food. Follow that up with a strict regimen of products that kill ants where they live and breed.

 Tips for Keeping Ants Out

  • Clean up food and drink spills
  • Store food in sealed, air-tight Ziploc® containers
  • Avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink
  • Wipe down sticky jars of honey, jam, etc. before placing them in the pantry
  • Regularly sweep and mop floors - especially in the rooms where food is eaten
  • Use Tar O Mar insecticide sprays


What are all the different types of ants?

Ants are grouped by behavior as well as species

There are many different types of ants. Because there are so many species, some experts classify them based on their behavior. There are two main groups of ants found in and around the home: nuisance ants and mound-building ants. Nuisance ants often form trails to and from food or water. If you are trying to treat these particular ants, it’s important to destroy their trail as well as the nest (which is often found outdoors). Mound-building ants mostly live outdoors, and their nests can be unsightly to your landscaping. In addition, there are two types of ants that are unique enough to get their own categories: carpenter ants and fire ants.

Learn more about nuisance ants.
Learn more about mound-building ants.
Learn more about carpenter ants.
Learn more about fire ants.

How do I get rid of roaches?

Clean To Prevent, Use Roach Baits To Help Control

Although it’s tricky to completely get rid of roaches, a combination of cleaning, home repairs, on-the-spot treatment, and products can certainly help. First, clean your home to eliminate any exposed foods that may attract roaches. Then, apply spray treatments to attack the roaches you see as well as the areas where they hide (such as cracks and crevices). Next, control the problem with roach baits to kill the roaches you don’t see. Finally, use a barrier product to create a line of defense around your home to keep roaches out.




How do I get rid of flies?

Remove Moisture & Secure the Premises

You can’t completely get rid of flies near your home, but there are many things you can do to attack, control, and prevent them from invading your home. When you have a fly problem, the best offense is a good defense! Eliminating areas flies are known to breed in—both inside and outside your home—is your best bet. Also, you can prevent flies from invading by keeping your house sealed up and in good repair.

How do I prevent bugs?

Clean, Identify & Secure The Perimeter

To help keep one bug from becoming a bigger problem, you have to think like a bug. How are they entering your home? What is attracting them? Do regular inspections and ensure that your home is in good repair. Also, check anything that you bring inside from the outside—items like firewood or boxes may harbor bugs that can multiply inside. A seasonal approach can also be helpful. For example, if you frequently see ants crawling around your home in the springtime, be sure to clean your pantry and kitchen as part of your spring-cleaning routine.