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?
This is the original Possum Deterrent with a built-in motion sensor and a range of 14 metres. It uses ultrasonic frequencies to keep your lawn possum-free.
Infrared motion sensor
Easy to install
Light sensor to save on electricity
Some may hear the frequency
- Value for Money4.0 (7)
- Ease of Use5.0 (7)
- Pet OwnerYes (4) · No (3)
Talon’s Cockroach Killer Gel kills all common cockroaches which encounter the gel through a delayed response, allowing them to spread the gel to the colony, attacking the infestation at the core.
Kills cockroach colonies
Easy to apply
Great value for money
- Value for Money5.0 (14)
- Ease of Use5.0 (14)
- Pet OwnerYes (5) · No (10)
Talon Ant Killer Gel is a highly versatile insecticide gel that attracts ants who transfer it to the brood and queen of the nest, ensuring effective ongoing control throughout the colony.
Kills entire ant colonies
Low toxicity to humans and pets
May not work on small brown ants
- Value for Money3.5 (27)
- Ease of Use4.7 (27)
- Pet OwnerYes (14) · No (13)
Latest review: After trying multiple different traps, I decided to give the nooski a try. I wasn’t disappointed, works every time. Bit of peanut butter, set in a quiet area and BOOM. Workes for me every time. H
Latest review: We were devastated when we found (we think) we’d been bitten by bed bugs overnight. After a washing & cleaning frenzy we discovered the Bed Bug Barrier website, explored the products available for p
Latest review: Ambush CO2 Mosquito & Midge Trap. Set it up exactly to the instructions, and it’s been operating 24/7 for 6 weeks and we’re still being bitten. Results: It’s catching moths but it certainly not addre
Latest review: Tried peanut butter, dog food and Parmesan cheese didn’t work! Used corn flakes and put at bottom of kitchen cupboard caught in less than 1 hr! Fantastic product highly recommend! Maddy S
Latest review: Contains 10 times more Fipronil than Bayer Magnum FC. Weight for weight it works out the same price as the Bayer Magnum FC But if Fipronil is regarded as the magic ingredient it theoretically is 10
Latest review: This product is beyond brilliant. I've been using for 3years now and recommend to all my friends when going fishing, crabbing, overseas or just for backyard bbqs. 8 hours protection, unless you get
Latest review: I read the reviews and wasn’t sure after hearing people say the mice weren’t dead in the traps .. it sounded pretty cruel.. which is why I’m writing my own review.. I had bought a metal humane catch
Latest review: My son recommended these traps and I’m glad he did. I have never seen a product work this well. Flies literally flock to them. We can now eat outside without being annoyed by nuisance flies. Best t
Latest review: I have used this product for a number of years and found does a great job of trapping pantry moths.The biggest problem is trying to find places which stock it. My local Foodland had it but now does
Latest review: Never worked from new. No customer support. Faulty products. Waist of money. I cant say if it's any good as it never worked from new and Gecko have no customer support or warranty. Just Chinese
Latest review: Product works really well, however the light only lasts a few months so it actually costs a bit when you have to buy so many globes. I would suggest buying the globes elsewhere, which is what I'm
Latest review: Bought this product at Bunnings as I have bought another brand (The Big Cheese) which didn't work. I put a bit of bread with peanut butter on the bait area on the night I bought this product and
Latest review: I have always used Antrid and works normally within 24 hours. Always getting small black ants, put a couple of drops along their path and the following day, there is no sign of
Latest review: 100% effective can not complain - spring can dislodge but easily reposition. Have recommended & bought for neighbours no complaints all agree this is the trap that works. Safe n Sure #1 for
Latest review: Used the ChemSpray for years. Now replaced by Patrol. Patrol is safer to used for both humans and pests. Don't think I will use it again as it had little impact on pests. My daughter also used it
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.