Treating your home with “bug bombs” takes a little time and consideration. Follow these steps to make sure the treatment gets rid of fleas, and everyone remains safe:
Step One: Purchasing Flea Foggers
First of all, you need to do a few calculations and research for this kind of flea control. At the end of our guide, we will be pointing you to the best flea foggers on the market to ensure it tackles the flea problem effectively. You should be looking for a fogger that is veterinarian approved. You should also be looking for a product that contains insect growth regulators (IGRs) which will kill the whole life cycle of the flea.
You will also need to assess how many flea foggers you need to purchase. As a general rule of thumb, you will need one fogger per room. However, it might be that a fogger in a hallway may be effective for smaller inter-connecting rooms. Check out the product label to see how far the pesticides spread.
Step Two: Prepare the House
Having purchased your flea bombs you now need to prepare the house for treatment. You will need to cover some items that may be damaged by the pesticides. Cover electrical appliances and remove items such as crockery and utensils. It may seem like a hassle to remove items like this but it is easier than having to clean them all later after the treatment has been used.
Open all the cupboard doors and drawers in your home. You should close all the windows in your home so that when the fogger is triggered, the chemicals are effective. For homeowners with aquariums, you should be aware that the poison in flea foggers is also deadly to fish and other aquatic life. If it is impractical to move the aquarium, you should ensure that the aquarium is entirely sealed from the effects of the pesticides. Insecticides can also kill plants so make sure to remove those too.
You should also ensure that all the lights and other electrical equipment in the home are turned off as the bombs can be flammable. Prior to treatment, it is a good idea to vacuum the home. This can encourage larvae to emerge from hidden areas and make the treatment more effective. For even more effective results, wash all your clothes or take them to the Laundromat at the same time as the treatment is taking place.
Step Three: Set the Foggers
Put down newspaper in the center of each room to protect the floor from any residue and place a fogger in each room. Set off foggers in each room, starting from the farthest room from the exit and moving to the nearest. Then leave the home for the amount of time detailed on your individual product.
Step Four: Pets and Yard
The whole process of preparing your home, setting foggers, and cleaning up afterward is likely to take the whole day, so plan ahead! If you have kids, then start the procedure when you have dropped the kids off at school and you should be done by the time they get home.
It is absolutely imperative to remove pets from the home at the same time as you carry out this treatment. Why not drop your cat and dog off at the groomers for a flea bath for the day? That way you are covering all your bases, treating your pet at the same time while they are safely out of the way for the day.
If your pet is not going to the groomers for the day, you can still take the opportunity to treat your pet that day with an effective flea treatment such as a spot-on—if you have not already done so. Take the opportunity to treat your yard at the same time by using granules and powder and clearing away any debris and mow the lawn.
Step Five: After Treatment
On returning home, you will need to clean and vacuum to remove chemical residue from all surfaces and dead adult fleas, the larvae, and flea eggs. Take the precautionary measure of wearing gloves to protect yourself from chemicals. Ventilate the home by opening doors and windows and vacuum regularly for the next two weeks or as detailed by your individual product.