DIY Pest Control
This page is a work in progress to give DIY pest control tips and guides, mainly aimed at residents of the greater Bunbury area in WA.
New pest control guides will be added frequently. We certainly don’t encourage homeowners doing their own pest control but if you are going to do it anyway, we may as well give some pest control tips to reduce your safety risk.
If you decide that a more long term pest treatment is needed than click on the Contact us link to get an obligation free pest control quote.
Up to 95% of established flea infestations are still eggs. This means that for home DIY flea control, multiple treatments may be required. Pest control opertators have access to insect growth regulators that inhibit eggs from maturing but DIY home owners do not in WA.
The average life cycle for fleas is around 21 days and the average cycle for eggs hatching is 10-14 days. This equals a lot of fleas laying tens of thousands of eggs in 1 month.
A basic step by step guide for DIY flea control is as follows:
- Flea eggs are activated by vibrations and can lay dormant for up to 18 months
- Thoroughly vacuum all carpets, mats and skirting boards at least 24 hrs before treatment
- Mow the lawn or do something to cause vibrations throughout the yard also if treating outside.
- Remember to switch on the vacuum and spray surface spray into it to kill any fleas you may have sucked up.
- Your interior can be treated safely with Pest control flea bombs available at the local hardware stores or supermarkets. The active ingredient in them is “Permethrin” which is also the active ingredient in fly spray, so relatively safe to humans but take note it is toxic to cats.
- Follow the flea bomb instructions accurately and if you have a bad infestation, expect to retreat in 10-14 days as new eggs hatch.
- Other chemicals that work well but are more toxic are “Temprid”, ” Deltamethrin” and water based “Bifenthrin” that is registered for use indoors. ( make sure you check regarding indoor use as some Bifenthrin is outdoors only. PLEASE NOTE… I do not recommend DIY homeowners using these chemicals without proper safety training as you can easily harm yourself or your family.
- The yard should be treated with a residual chemical such as “Bifenthrin” at a rate of 0.5-1 litre per m2, paying extra attention to shaded sandy areas and under any subfloor area.
- Follow all chemical labels accurately and make sure all food is sealed.
- Do not vacuum for 5-7 days after treatment to minimize eggs hatching
- All dogs and cats must be washed in a flea shampoo and treated with a registered treatment such as “Advantage” “Frontline”, Revolution”, “Advocate” etc for best results
Remember…Not all Pest control operators in Bunbury are the me. Most will not use an IGR to inhibit eggs maturing, as it is very expensive. Here at Bunbury Pest & Weed, we always treat in the best possible way we can. We use what we consider to be the best pest control chemicals and our prices are based on an hourly rate plus materials. We may not be always the cheapest but we strive to provide the best possible service at a fair and honest price!