How to control insects around the home

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How to control insects around the home

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Project Overview

As the weather gets warmer, entertaining family and friends outside is great, but you don’t want unwanted insects ruining the occasion. Insects are attracted to water, whether it’s in a pot plant, a pool or an outdoor bath. The key is to keep them away, especially in the tropics where mosquitoes will breed in the water. There are a range of inexpensive and easy to use products that keep insects away.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Sandalwood Sticks
2 Mosquito coils
3 ThermaCELL mosquito repeller
4 Citronella candles or burners
5 Electronic bug zappers
6 Apply an outdoor barrier spray
7 Fit a magnetic flyscreen
8 Place cockroach baits around the home
  • Step 1. Sandalwood Sticks

    Sandalwood sticks are a natural, chemical free, mosquito repellent. The have a nice smell and create a relaxing ambience as well.

  • Step 2. Mosquito coils

    Mosquito coils are made from a dried paste of pyrethrum powder. Once lit the coils produce a mosquito repellent smoke
  • Step 3. ThermaCELL mosquito repeller

    The ThermaCELL mosquito repeller is a butane fuelled repellent that creates a kind of force field against insects within a 25 metre area. It’s portable so you can take it camping, down to the beach or to a BBQ.

  • Step 4. Citronella candles or burners

    Citronella candles or citronella oil burners are a great way to repell insects. Citronella is a naturally occurring insect and animal repellent that works by masking scents that are attractive to insects. 

  • Step 5. Electronic bug zappers

    Electronic bug zappers help make sure your outdoor entertaining remains pest-free. They attract and kill flying insects. They’re ideal for balconies and courtyards. Plus, they’re weatherproof and many have a self-cleaning vertical grid and insect catcher tray.

  • Step 6. Apply an outdoor barrier spray

    Outdoor insect barrier sprays are a professional product that you can use yourself. Follow the safety tips on the package and before you start, put on rubber gloves. If you’re going to be spraying up high, wear safety glasses and a face mask.  Spray the insecticide around the outside of your home and on your windows and doorways. It helps stop ants, cockroaches, spiders, fleas, paper-nest wasps, flies and mosquitoes from entering your home. 

  • Step 7. Fit a magnetic flyscreen

    To keep flies and other insects out of your home but still let some air in, magnetic flyscreens are ideal. They can easily be attached to any metal doorframe and the magnets on the flyscreen make sure that the screen closes after you’ve walked through it. 

  • Step 8. Place cockroach baits around the home

    Cockroaches live in dark areas, such as under washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwasher and sinks. A good way to get rid of them is to place cockroach baits under these appliances. The baits attract the cockroaches, they then take the food back to their nest which kills other roaches. 

Tools and Materials


  • Bug zapper
  • Citronella candles
  • Citronella oil and table top burner
  • Cockroach baits
  • Magnetic flyscreen curtain
  • Mortein outdoor and indoor surface spray
  • Mosquito coils and diffuser
  • Sandalwood sticks
  • ThermaCELL insect repeller

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

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