Ortho Non-Staining Home Defense MAX Bug Killer Spray, 1.1-Gallon

Last updated date: September 13, 2021

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8.8

Ortho Non-Staining Home Defense MAX Bug Killer Spray, 1.1-Gallon

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We looked at the top Bug Killer Sprays and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Bug Killer Spray you should buy.

Update as September 13, 2021:
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Overall Take

Ortho Home Defense MAX in a gallon container comes with an easy-to-use Comfort Wand sprayer. It kills insects in your home and can create a barrier that can keep roaches, ants and spiders away for up to a year. This odor-free bug killing spray will also keep your home free of annoying insects long after the spray has dried.


In our analysis, the Ortho Ortho Non-Staining Home Defense MAX Bug Killer Spray, 1.1-Gallon placed 4th when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Ortho Home Defense MAX Insect Killer for Indoor & Perimeter1 with Comfort Wand kills listed home-invading insects, including ants, roaches, spiders, fleas, and ticks; this versatile pest control can be used indoors or outdoors. KILL BUGS INSIDE: Feel confident applying in your kitchen, bathrooms, basement and around doors and windows in your home for indoor pest control. KEEPS BUGS OUTSIDE: Creates a bug barrier that will kill bugs you have and prevent new bugs for up to 12 months (applies to ants, roaches and spiders indoors on non-porous surfaces). NO MESS OR STINK: The formula is odor free and non-staining; people and pets may re-enter treated areas after spray has dried. EASY APPLICATION WAND: The wand offers multiple spray settings for indoor and perimeter coverage; simply plug it in, and with one touch you can eliminate pests. Non-staining, odor-free. One-touch continuous spray. Ergonomic handle design. No bending, pumping or hand fatigue. Extended-reach wand features multiple spray settings.

An Overview On Bug Killer Sprays

Bug sprays can be designed to keep bugs away (repellents) or to kill them. However, some sprays can do both. The types of repellents used on humans and pets are different from ones made to keep insects away from homes and outdoor spaces.

Bug killing sprays are considered to be insecticides. These products kill insects on contact, in most cases. While some are used for spot treatments and last for one application, others can create barriers or perimeters that last for weeks or months.

Bug killing sprays are generally made form chemicals called pyrethroids; these man-made pesticides are also found in other commercial products like pet sprays and pet shampoos. Common pyrethroids found in bug killing sprays include sumithrin, resmethrin and permethrin.

These chemicals are used in very low levels, but anyone who is accidentally exposed to an extremely large amount could have symptoms like nausea, headache, diarrhea and dizziness. Always follow the label directions when using these sprays.

Indoor spot treatment bug killer sprays work well on roaches, flies, ants, bedbugs and fleas, but if you want to keep them from coming back, look for products that have barrier protection.

There are also indoor foggers; these create fine mists that let the insecticide penetrate under baseboards and into crevices to kill insects that are not easily visible. Many of these sprays come in gallon-sized containers with attached spray wands. Note that you can use exterior foggers outside your house, but do not use these indoors.

The Bug Killer Spray Buying Guide

  • Keep children and pets away when insecticides are being applied and until the product has dried. Be sure to read the label for guidelines.
  • Do not use foggers unless absolutely necessary.
  • Only use insecticides that are approved for in-home use. Do not use outdoor pesticides inside your home.
  • Always keep bug spray killer in its original container. Never transfer it to another one.
  • Handling these chemicals more than needed is not recommended.
  • Do not mix these products with any other chemicals.
  • Store insecticides where they cannot be reached by children or pets.