Flea Bombs – Are They Safe For Children?
Flea Bombs – Are they safe for your home?
A home that is infested with pests can be a difficult problem to fix. Rodents, cockroaches, and other insects once moved into your home, can be almost impossible to get rid of without professional help. Fleas, if it is a large infestation, can be one of the most difficult types of pests to get rid of. They are a huge irritant to your pets and the family trying to live inside the home. A classic manner in exterminating fleas is to use a flea bomb or a flea fogger.
A flea bomb is a device that releases chemicals to kill the flea infestation in the home. For a minor infestation, a flea fogger is not necessary. In those instances, a good bath and some flea shampoo can rid the home’s pets of the fleas easily and effectively. If the infestation grows to be much worse, a flea fogger may be the only option.
Most of the flea foggers on the market include the five chemicals listed below.
All of these chemicals are harmful to pets and humans. No one should be in the home while a flea fogger is going off, including pets. Certain foggers can often leave a chemical residue as well, especially in the carpeting. A home must be kept vacant for at least 8 hours following a flea fogger being set off. The toxins can kill birds, reptiles, and even fish that live in the home as pets. All animals, children, and people cannot be in the home during a flea fogging.
Before Flea Bombing
Before setting off a flea fogger, there are several steps a homeowner can take to ensure the best flea exterminating experience:
-Vacuum the home before setting off the fogger. This will help ensure that the fleas are most active before the treatment to give a higher chance of killing them.
– Turn off all electricity in the home. This can best be done by turning the electricity off at the switchboard for the home.
– Put away or remove all toiletries. An exposed toothbrush would store the poison from the flea fogger.
– Shut all the windows in the home to keep the chemicals inside as long as possible for the maximum effect of the flea fogger.
– Fleas can take shelter inside of cupboards, so it may be beneficial to open some of the doors in areas of the home where fleas have been noticed. This is also dangerous if there is any food products or cloth in there that can store the poisonous gas.
– Read all the instructions on the flea fogger! Make sure you have chosen the correct size of fogger for the square footage of your home as well.
After Flea Bombing
After a successful flea bombing, make sure to air out the home before allowing anyone or any pets back inside. Fans and air conditioning can help with this process after the power is turned back on.
Many people recommend using a flea fogger just before going on vacation so that the chemical residue has time to dissipate in the home and the risk of returning to the home too early becomes nonexistent.
A deep clean is necessary after the treatment, whether or not the fogger was released with plenty of time to dissipate afterward. Gloves should be used for the cleaning and anything that could have been exposed to the fog should be wiped down or washed.
Lastly, the carpets should be vacuumed again. This time to remove any eggs and dead fleas as a result from the fogger. Daily vacuuming is recommended for up to 10 days following a flea fogger. This will ensure that any newly hatched fleas are disposed of.
A flea fogger is a serious tool to use to remove a large flea infestation. They should always be used carefully and while following the directions closely. More flea foggers will not perform the job better, they will simply make the home more toxic and harder to clean afterward.
The 5 Don’ts of Flea Fogging
- Do not use a flea fogger if someone in the home suffers from asthma. They can easily cause an attack, even days after the fogging has been complete.
- Do not inhale the gas from the bomb. If this occurs during the fogging, seek medical attention.
- Do not leave food exposed during the fogging, like fruit on the counter. Any food that is exposed to the fogging cannot be eaten and will have to be thrown away. This does include pet food. Any open bags of pet food need to be effectively sealed shut during the home treatment.
- Do not put your face near the canister when deploying the bug bomb. Most canisters spray upwards and this can be very dangerous if the toxic gas sprays you directly in the face.
- Do not place a flea bomb inside of an enclosed space. They need large amounts of square footage to be effective and safe.
This non-toxic spray kills larvae, eggs, and adult insects by breaking down their exoskeleton. It is safe to spray around the home and works only on the insects. Feel good about spraying indoors around pets, plants and children.
All Natural Non Toxic Insect Killer Spray by Killer Green