Why You Should Never Use a Flea Bomb | Terminix
Flea bombs are often more trouble than they’re worth, as fleas multiply quickly and can be difficult to control in your home. Use flea bombs sparingly, as they pose health and safety risks and haven’t been proven to be very effective.
What is a flea bomb?
Flea bombs, like cockroach bombs, work by spraying a pesticide-infused fog over an area, which then falls to the ground and adheres to surfaces rather than the air or surfaces as normal insecticide sprays do.
What happens to the pesticide after it has fallen?
Before using a fogger, people and pets should be removed from contaminated areas, and pet toys, children’s toys, and other similar items should be covered. The Environmental Protection Agency provides guidance on how to reduce exposure.
So how effective is a flea bomb against flea larvae and eggs?
Flea bombs are ineffective, according to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which recommends using an Integrated Pest Management approach. According to a fact sheet, Terminix is the best company to call if you have fleas in your home or yard.
Do flea bombs damage books?
It did not appear to do much damage to any of the books on our shelves (I was a teenager at the time), but my mother’s collection of Louis L’amour books became stuck together afterward, according to my experience.
Do foggers damage books?
The fog dissipates quickly, but it may cause damage to books in close proximity to the fogger or those that come into contact with it as it drifts through the store.
Why you shouldn’t use flea bombs?
Flea bombs are ineffective because the pesticides released do not penetrate the carpets or other fibers where flea eggs and larvae are likely to hide. Instead of using insect bombs, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln recommends using an Integrated Pest Management approach.
Will you still see fleas after bombing?
Let’s face it: flea bombs aren’t 100% effective at killing fleas, as we’ve discovered in every case where people used flea bombs and still had fleas afterward.
What kills fleas instantly?
Nitenpyram, more commonly known as Capstar, is the most common product used to kill fleas on dogs instantly. This single-use tablet is administered orally and kills fleas in 30 minutes. It is recommended that you confine your pet in a small area when using Capstar.
Can I flea bomb one room and stay in the house?
Even if you only flea bomb one room and close the door, the fog from the flea bomb can seep into your air conditioner and through cracks in doors and vents, causing dizziness, breathing problems, and nausea. You should not stay in the house even if you only flea bomb one room and close the door.
What happens if you breathe in bug fogger?
Breathing fog can cause irritation to the nose and throat, difficulty breathing, coughing, headaches, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, or allergic symptoms in humans and pets. Contact with the skin and eyes can also cause irritation.
How long do you have to leave your house after bug bombing?
After the foggers have been released, everyone, including pets, must leave the treated space and close the doors, and stay out until the time indicated on the label has passed, which is usually two to four hours. Entering the treated premises before the time indicated on the label has passed may cause illness.
Do you have to turn off refrigerator for bug bomb?
Unplugging your refrigerator is also necessary because leaving it on will absorb the chemicals released by the foggers; whenever you want to bug bomb your house, make sure to unplug refrigerators and other electric appliances that could cause fires.
Do I need to wash bedding after flea bomb?
When flea bombs are used, one of the most common questions asked by homeowners is whether they should wash their bedding afterward. You should wash bedding afterward because fleas can thrive anywhere, and if your beddings are left unwashed, the pest, particularly its eggs, may survive.
How do you know how bad a flea infestation is?
If you notice clusters of red bumps on your feet, ankles, or legs, you may have pests on your couch or bed. If you notice a lot of red bumps on your skin, you may have a flea infestation that is out of your control.
How do you get rid of fleas if bombs don’t work?
If flea bombs don’t work, you’ll need a professional flea exterminator to apply a flea treatment that kills adult fleas, pupae, and larvae, as well as a growth regulator that prevents hatching eggs from developing into adults (AND THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT), and these treatments will have a residual effect.
Is it normal to see roaches after bombing?
After an extermination, you can expect to see roaches for a few weeks, even during the day, that you may not have seen before, because the treatment confuses the roaches and disrupts their normal habits.
Can you set off a flea bomb with cats in the house?
The short answer is no. No person, pet, or plant should be in a house while a flea fogger is being used, as these pest control products contain insecticides that are toxic to people (especially children) and animals.