DIY Flea Pest Control Auckland

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DIY Flea Pest Control for Your Auckland Home: A Comprehensive Guide

Preparing for Battle: Initial Steps

Once you've confirmed a flea infestation, it's time to take action. Here's what to do first:

Treat Your Pets

Your pets are likely the primary carriers of fleas. Here's how to treat them:

  • Flea combs: Give your pets a bath using a flea shampoo. Make sure to follow the instructions on the bottle. Then using a flea comb,  comb out any fleas, flea lifecycle and flea dirt.
  • Flea Treatments: Use a vet-recommended flea treatment, purchased from your vet,  such as topical applications, oral medications, or flea collars.

Clean and Vacuum Your Home

A thorough cleaning is essential in getting rid of fleas and their eggs:

  • Vacuum Everything: This includes carpets, rugs, furniture, and pet bedding. Fleas and their eggs can hide in the fibers. Empty your vacuum cleaner outside immediately after use.
  • Wash Bedding: Wash all pet bedding, and if possible, dry it on the highest heat setting. Fleas can't survive high temperatures.
  • Declutter: Fleas love hiding in clutter, so keep your home as clutter-free as possible.

Understanding the Enemy: Fleas

So, you've found yourself in the midst of a flea invasion. Don't worry; you're not alone. Many Auckland homes face this pesky problem, but the good news is that you can tackle it yourself. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about DIY flea pest control in Auckland, ensuring your home is flea-free and your sanity intact. Before we dive into the how-to, let's get to know our foe. Fleas are tiny, wingless insects that survive by feeding on the blood of mammals and birds. In homes, they're typically brought in by pets, but they can also latch onto humans or come in on used furniture or clothing. These little critters are notorious for their rapid reproduction, making them a challenging pest to control once they've made themselves at home.

DIY Flea Control Methods

Now that you've prepped your home, it's time to get into the nitty-gritty of flea control. Here are some effective DIY methods:

1. Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a natural, non-toxic silicon dust made from fossilized algae. It's safe for pets and humans but deadly to fleas. Please note it DE is very messy.

Here's how to use it:

  • Sprinkle DE: Lightly sprinkle DE on carpets, pet bedding, and other areas where fleas are likely to be. Make sure to use food-grade DE.
  • Leave It Be: Let the DE sit for about 24 hours. This allows it to dehydrate and kill the fleas.
  • Vacuum: Thoroughly vacuum the treated areas and dispose of the vacuum bag outside.

2. Safe heat

This simple steamer can help out. Steam is above 60C and kills all parts of the flea lifecycle.

  • Steam all floor surfaces in your home. Make sure to allow the floor surfaces to heat up, so move the steam head slowly.
  • focus around sleeping areas: The flea life cycle happens around where the hosts sleep.
  • Treat your pets:  Make sure to use a product purchased from your vet for your pets. Supermarket and pet shop products are not consistently effective.

3. Flea Traps

You can make simple flea traps to catch and kill fleas:

  • Mitre ten flea trap: Mitre ten sells an effective flea trap.
  • Placement:  Place the trap around where the host ( the one getting bitten) sleeps, example under a bed

4. Essential Oils Non toxic/ non chemical  treatments are worth considering. Certain essential oils are natural flea repellents:

  • Lavender and Eucalyptus: Fleas hate these scents. You can add a few drops of lavender or eucalyptus oil to your pet's collar or bedding.
  • Homemade Flea Spray: Mix water, vinegar, and a few drops of essential oils in a spray bottle. Spray this mixture on furniture, carpets, and pet bedding.

Long-Term Prevention

Once you've dealt with the immediate flea problem, it's important to take steps to prevent future infestations:

1. Regular Pet Treatments

Continue to use flea prevention treatments on your pets as recommended by your vet. This is the first line of defense against fleas.

2. Maintain Cleanliness

  • Vacuum Regularly: Vacuum your home at least once a week, paying special attention to areas where your pets spend time.
  • Wash Pet Bedding: Wash your pet's bedding regularly to remove any potential flea eggs or larvae.
  • Yard Maintenance: Keep your yard tidy by mowing the lawn regularly and removing any debris where fleas might hide.

3. Monitor for Fleas

Keep an eye on your pets and home for any signs of fleas. Early detection and treatment can prevent a full-blown infestation.

When to Call in the Pros

If you've tried these DIY methods and still can't get rid of the fleas, it might be time to call in professional pest control. Auckland has many reputable pest control services that can handle severe infestations. They have access to more powerful treatments and can ensure that every last flea is eradicated from your home.


Dealing with fleas can be a frustrating experience, but with the right approach, you can successfully tackle the problem yourself. By treating your pets, cleaning thoroughly, using effective DIY methods, and taking preventative measures, you'll be well on your way to a flea-free home. Remember, persistence is key in pest control. Stay vigilant, and those pesky fleas will be a thing of the past in your Auckland home.


written by Owen Stobart at ACES pest control

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