Insecticides and insect repellents

How to control insects in domestic environments?

Insecticides and insect repellents require an authorisation before placed on the market. The products authorised in Finland in accordance with the Finnish Chemicals Act are listed in Tukes’ register of biocidal pesticides (Biocidal Pesticides Register) and the products authorised in accordance with the Biocidal Products Regulation in the Biocidal Products Register.

Use of insect repellents

The best protection against insects is to use clothing that covers most of the body. On your home yard, you can also make efforts to reduce mosquitoes by removing any reservoirs of standing water, where mosquitoes breed. Open yards do not attract that many mosquitoes either.

  • Read the product's instructions for use and follow the dosage and application instructions provided.
  • Only apply repellent on places that cannot be covered by clothes.
  • It is not recommended to apply the product on your face. Do not apply the product on young children's skin.
  • ­Keep the product out of the reach of children and in a separate place from foodstuffs and animal foods.
  • Please note that certain products (e.g. those containing the active ingredient DEET) may damage clothing materials.

Controlling insects indoors

You may sometimes have flying and crawling insects, such as flies and ants, indoors. You may also find insects in your kitchen cupboards.

  • Choose the insecticide according to the species of insect you intend to control.
  • Follow the product’s instructions for use.
  • Do not use the product with children present or do not let children use it.
  • Take pets out of the space being treated and cover any aquariums.
  • If necessary, air the rooms after treatment.

Travelling has increased bed bug and cockroach infestations in Finland. If the problem is extensive, use professional pest control services, since inefficient control measures may spread the insect infestation from one flat to another.