Best Pest Control Products

Keep nasty pests away from your body and property with an array of trusted pest control products ranging from sprays, baits, traps and powders to zappers and ultrasonic deterrents. How do they all work and what are their limitations? Continue reading…

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Bird Gard Possum Deterrent

Bird Gard Possum Deterrent

4.1  (94)
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Rob
RobNSW10 posts
 
Talon Cockroach Killer Gel

Talon Cockroach Killer Gel 🏆 2024

4.5  (37)
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Daniel U.
Daniel U.QLD
 
Talon Ant Killer Gel

Talon Ant Killer Gel

4.0  (87)
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65 year old
65 year oldNSW7 posts
 
Absolute waste of moneyUseless. Ants walked all over it and for the amount you get outrageously expensive. Suggest manufacturer increases the dosage of active ingredient by 10 and see if that works.
Pestrol Rodent Free

Pestrol Rodent Free

3.6  (336)
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Billy B.
Billy B.WA2 posts
 
The Rodent Free returnI purchased two of the Rodent Free pest controls They don’t work! Mice are running and eating at will.
Tried changing locations, tried unplugging for 24 hours, they just don’t work. Time for a refund.
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Nooski Mouse Trap

Nooski Mouse Trap

3.9  (95)
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Julie
JulieWA2 posts
 
Excellent for mice controlIt took me several attempts (and reviewing the online video a few times) to figure out how to properly set the trap. Once I had this sorted out, I am amazed at how effective these traps are. I have caught four mice overnight having only bought them yesterday. They worked exactly as described and are mess free. Very impressed! Show details
Envirosafe Fly Trap

Envirosafe Fly Trap

3.8  (87)
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Ozwelder
OzwelderQLD32 posts
 
Bed Bug Barrier

Bed Bug Barrier 🏆 2024

4.5  (26)
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Vince M.
Vince M.3 posts
 
Bedroom bed bugsI finally used this powder in my bedroom* so far so good,*,yes it is effective,* but constant checking is a must"& vacuuming* and more powder as well","I'm surprised* Show details ·  2
The Big Cheese Electronic Mouse Killer

The Big Cheese Electronic Mouse Killer

3.9  (27)
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Matt
Matt
 
Worked well, failed after one seasonIt caught a mouse every night last autumn (with peanut butter). Now I tried it again and it's dead. I tried two sets of new batteries. Disappointed. Show details
Mosi-guard Natural

Mosi-guard Natural

5.0  (12)
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Colin Taylor
Colin TaylorQLD2 posts
 
Fantastic stuffGreat product for keeping the mozzie away. Also found it excellent for soothing bites you've already got. Show details
Ambush Mosquito Trap

Ambush Mosquito Trap

3.5  (41)
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Carmel
Carmel
 
Ambush Mosquito Traps
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Pestrol Outdoor Exterminator: Mosquito Trap

Pestrol Outdoor Exterminator: Mosquito Trap

3.8  (26)
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Cain B.
Cain B.
 
Excellent productCompletely eliminated my mosquito infestation within a couple of days.
It is discrete, quiet and most importantly works. Recommended to a friend who also bought one and couldn’t thank me enough for recommending it. Show details ·  1
Roach Kill Cockroach Gel Bait

Roach Kill Cockroach Gel Bait

3.9  (22)
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wayne a.
wayne a.NSW5 posts
 
Ozzi Mozzie UV Mosquito Zapper

Ozzi Mozzie UV Mosquito Zapper

2.8  (635)
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Greg
Greg
 
Envirobug Silent Solar Snake Repellers

Envirobug Silent Solar Snake Repellers

3.9  (19)
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Stanley Merrell
Stanley Merrell
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Highly recommend!I installed Envirobug's Snake Solar Repellers around my garden, and they've been fantastic. The solar power is efficient, and the ultrasonic technology kept snakes away without harming our pets. Easy to install and highly effective—highly recommend! Show details
The Buzz Disposable Fly Trap

The Buzz Disposable Fly Trap

3.0  (73)
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Carly
CarlyQLD4 posts
 
Doesn't workI have bought 2 now. Does not work at all. Flies won't go near it. How are they selling this and making profits Show details
Gecko Triple Lure Insect Trapper

Gecko Triple Lure Insect Trapper

3.4  (28)
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Lesley
Lesley2 posts
 
Safe N Sure Mouse Trap

Safe N Sure Mouse Trap

2.9  (56)
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Mel
MelQLD7 posts
 
Ratsak Pre-Baited Mouse Trap

Ratsak Pre-Baited Mouse Trap

4.1  (14)
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Justin R.
Justin R.
 
Worked first tryBought these yesterday as we've been trying to bait and trap a mouse that was raiding our pantry for the last two weeks with no luck. The first night we got these traps it caught the mouse. Would absolutely use these next time they've had a problem Show reply
Combat Ant-Rid Liquid

Combat Ant-Rid Liquid

2.5  (107)
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chaau
chaauVIC38 posts
 
Bug Vac Triple Action Flying Insect Trap

Bug Vac Triple Action Flying Insect Trap

3.8  (14)
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bernie n.
bernie n.QLD
 
MidgeesI bought this to catch midgees, it work great for the little bast….. Show details
Amgrow Patrol Ant, Spider & Cockroach Killer

Amgrow Patrol Ant, Spider & Cockroach Killer

3.8  (13)
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Angela03
Angela03NSW33 posts
 
Strong smell but not effectiveUsed for ants used as per directions but found the ants still crawling in half an hour and still used it multiple times .the smell of this product is so strong only and smell is irritating even with protective gears , lingering for days but the ants and cockroaches no effects
This is my experience with this product . Show details
Combat Roach Killing Bait Strips

Combat Roach Killing Bait Strips

2.6  (43)
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Sandra D.
Sandra D.NSW4 posts
 
Hovex Pantry Moth Traps

Hovex Pantry Moth Traps

2.5  (36)
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MariS
MariS6 posts
 
Cancer
Cancer4 posts
 
UnsafeTotally useless rat trap that could not be set properly . The plastic catch does not hold the arm rendering the unit downright dangerous . Brilliant product if you want to wind up with sore fingers.
Goodnature A24 Rat & Mouse Trap Kit with Chirp

Goodnature A24 Rat & Mouse Trap Kit with Chirp

2.6  (28)
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Ben
BenVIC2 posts
 
Don't waste your moneyUtterly useless. Bought as I prefer not to use poison. Two weeks and no kills. Two sets of water pipes eaten through in that time. After two weeks I set baits around the traps and they have been taken every night since. Also two false reported kills, both during the day when I was working beside the traps. Don't waste your money. Show details
John
John3 posts
 
Bayer Coopex Residual Insecticide

Bayer Coopex Residual Insecticide

5.0  (5)
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Ian
IanWA28 posts
 
Pestrol Solar Cat Repeller

Pestrol Solar Cat Repeller

5.0  (5)
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Brad T.
Brad T.VIC26 posts
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The Big Cheese Multi-Catch Mouse Trap

The Big Cheese Multi-Catch Mouse Trap

2.3  (34)
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Not Happy
Not HappyNSW3 posts
 
Expensive waste of monneyBasical a waste of time, ate al the baits up to the trap never went inside Show details
Mortein Control Bombs

Mortein Control Bombs

2.0  (81)
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Mrs M.
Mrs M.NSW45 posts
 
Does not workI bought a pack of three let them off in first one room, days later i noticed it did not work, then tried again , one in the same room and the other in the adjoining room, again it has not worked, why i am here looking for something that does get rid of fleas Show details

A fly being sprayed with a pesticide bug spray

Pests targeted

The first thing you should consider is the type (or combination) of pests you’re dealing with. Common Australian pests may include cockroaches, termites, flies, moths, ants, rodents, fleas, mosquitoes, spiders, silverfish, birds and possums.

While they are generally harmless, they can cause damage to your property, garden, furniture or carry and spread diseases - on top of being an unpleasant sight.

While the treatments outlined can tackle small numbers of pests, if you have a full-blown infestation, it may be a better solution to consult a professional pest control service to help you.

Types of pest control products

Over-the-counter solutions for killing pests come in a range of choices, and some are safer than others if you have pets or children around the house.

Sprays

Sprays are ideal for targeting flying insects and crawling bugs. They can come in aerosol or liquid form and two varieties: repellents and pesticides. Repellents keep pests away from an area of your house (or your skin), whereas pesticides kill them.

A type of pesticide is a surface spray that creates a barrier that can kill bugs that come into contact with it. Knockdown sprays may be something you’re common with as these are the types of sprays that you can use directly on flying or crawling insects to kill them.

To keep your space bug-free even when you’re not there, you can invest in an automatic spray. These come in plug-in and battery-powered forms, and they control the number of flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches and other insects in the vicinity by releasing a repellent in the air every few hours or when they detect motion.

Bug repellent sprays are made to protect yourself from mosquitoes and other flying insects. Diethyltoluamide (DEET) is one of the most common active ingredients in insect repellents. It doesn't kill mosquitoes but works by making it difficult for mosquitoes to detect you as prey. It can be applied in spray format to your skin and clothing to keep you concealed and bite-free.

Baits and traps

Chemical baits and traps are mainly designed to tackle rodents and cockroaches. They work by luring pests out of their hiding places and poisoning them. Cockroach baits also allow contaminated cockroaches to return to their nest and contaminate others.

Bombs

Pest control bombs can be used to rid of a range of pests including fleas, ants, silverfish, bed bugs, spiders and cockroaches. They work by releasing a mist into the air which kills any pests on the surface and in the open. However, they come with health and safety risks and need to be used with caution. Remember to follow the instructions closely to keep yourself and those in your house safe.

Powders

Powders are designed to kill fleas, ants and bedbugs through poisoning and can be used both indoors and outdoors. Be careful if you have pets as this method may not be suitable for your household.

Zappers

Electronic zappers work by attracting insects towards them with their ultraviolet light and sending a fatal volt of electricity to kill them. Dead bugs will drop into an in-built catcher tray. They are chemical-free and suitable for use both inside and outside the house.

Ultrasonic technology

Ultrasonic rodent and possum deterrents can be highly appealing since they get rid of pests without the use of chemicals. They are small devices that emit high-frequency sound waves that humans can’t hear, but rodents find intolerable. They have limits however as they have a range of 3-6 metres.

Pest control products and safety

Be sure to keep yourself and everyone in your home safe by reading the instructions closely and following them. Dealing with insecticides can be toxic and poisonous, especially to vulnerable members of your household such as pets and children.

These safety instructions can tell you how to store the product safely, how to use it and what to do if you come into contact with it.

Many pest control products are classified as schedule 5 or 6 poisons under the poison standard and will be printed on the label. Some products with a low toxicity level are not required to have a signal heading, but you can still expect to see warnings like "Keep out of reach of children" on them.

As a general rule, you should:

  • Keep pets and children away from areas where pesticides have been applied.
  • Pesticides (excluding bombs) should only be applied to targeted locations and not sprayed over the whole room.
  • Check the label to see if it is approved for use indoors or outdoors. You shouldn’t use outdoor products inside since the chemicals will remain toxic longer inside than they would outdoors, making them very dangerous.
  • Dispose of leftover pesticides and pesticide containers in an appropriate manner.

Natural pest repellents

If you don’t want to break out the chemicals, there are plenty of simple things you can do to keep your home free of pests. Tasks like keeping your home clean, not leaving out containers of water and tidying away food scraps can help keep pests under control.

Some insects are naturally repelled by certain scents such as lemon or eucalyptus. You can find bug spray that use essential oils (lemongrass oil, peppermint oil, rosemary oil, citronella, geraniol) to repel mosquitoes, spiders and other unwanted guests.

Keep in mind that these products tend to be less effective than those with synthetic active ingredients and will need reapplying more frequently.

Installing flyscreens, keeping all food preparation surfaces clean and ensuring your bins have tightly sealed lids will keep flies and mozzies at bay.

Things to consider

Label information

Check the label to find out what pests you can use the product to kill. If you're looking to tackle multiple pests, you may need to invest in more than one product. The label will also give you valuable information such as the active ingredients, poison category, intended application area and application instructions.

How long it lasts

How much you invest in the product will depend on how long it’s supposed to last. Bug sprays and oils may need refills whereas zappers and ultrasonic devices are guaranteed to last longer. It may be useful to look out for devices with warranties or money-back guarantees if it doesn’t work for you.

Price

The price of pest control products varies depending on the type of product you buy and the insect it's designed to kill. Many aerosol knockdown sprays are priced affordably in the $4-7 range, while an ultrasonic rodent repellent or possum deterrent can go for up to $150.

You can read reviews to see which pest control products worked best for others by scrolling up.

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