Insect bombs also known as bug bombs are total-release foggers that require little effort to use but truth is, they are hardly effective. Bug bombs are a quick fix treatment option involving aerosol repellants that are released into the air but fail to reach all hiding spots.

Bug bombs are not particularly effective against cockroaches and fleas. The pests hide in cupboards, mattresses, behind refrigerators or crevices in cabinets where foggers fail to penetrate.

Insect bombs are highly flammable and therefore, extremely dangerous when dispensed near flames. Bug bombs can also cause gastrointestinal and respiratory ailments that are detrimental to general health.

The method used during application is not exactly useful but learning how to expend the bombs appropriately will help control pest infestation. If you intend to use bug bombs in your home, make sure you learn safer ways.

Insect bombs can be effective if used in combination with other pest control treatments. Used in isolation, roach bombs are ineffective because they only kill bugs with which they come in direct contact. Pests are notorious for hiding in dark inaccessible places and the pesticide in insect bombs annihilates the bugs in the open.

Using foggers on open surfaces is not only a waste of time but resources as well. You will disseminate the contents of bug bombs and still have a ton of pests retreating to hidden spaces. Eradicating pest infestation needs more than just a ticking bug bomb. You need a plan of action with an intricate know-how to correctly and safely rid yourself of pests. Efficient use will prevent unwarranted explosions and fires.

Bug bombs are an excellent tool in your arsenal for pest control. Insect bugs can be used in conjunction with chemicals like Pyrethrin, dust, and bait traps.

How to Use Bug Bombs

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Bombs should be handled with care since they are highly flammable and contain toxic pesticides. Here are ways to safely use insect bombs.

Cover Children’s toys and Food

Bug bombs leave a residue once you dispense them. Bombs are incredibly toxic, so avoid eating anything that wasn’t covered prior to the activation. Cover toys and anything that is accessible to children and discourage from putting hands in their mouths after touching these sprayed surfaces. Cover furniture too to avoid exposure.

Unplug appliances that can spark

The propellant in a bug bomb is prone to fire and so it is imperative that you unplug any device sparks. Turn off gas flames and lights that can ignite a fire and place the bombs at a minimum distance of six feet from any source of potential fire.

Follow the Directions on the Labels

Read and follow instructions on the labels carefully. Pesticide manufactures include information on their products that consumers should read carefully and follow the instructions to the letter. If you want to achieve maximum results, you need to understand the risk implications of using the product.

Bombs have warnings on their labels that advice on how much to use on a given number of square feet. Pesticides are poisonous and dangerous; take the time to go through the manual to have a nuanced understanding of using the products. Insect bombs also stipulate how long you should wait before returning to the treated area.

Use the Specified Bug Bombs

Using more than the specified amount of bug bomb will do your treatment routine harm than good. Use the specific amount per square feet that the manufacturer stipulates. Using more bug bomb does not kill more. Using more increases your risk to health complications.

The correct amount of pesticide will give you the desired amount without overindulging.

Leave the Premises Immediately after activation

Vacating the premises immediately after use reduces the risk of contracting debilitating health issues. Sticking around after dispensing foggers will have you inhale the toxic fumes. Once you discharge a bug bomb, exit the premises. Follow the label instructions and after you leave, do not return to the vicinity until the lapse of the stipulated time.

Reenter your home only when it is safe to do so.

Ventilate your home

When it is time to get back to your home, open windows for one hour before anyone can have access to the premise. Follow the label instructions on the time period to aerate before reentry.

Keep pesticides away from children and pets

After you are done with the insect bomb, keep the hazardous chemicals in shelves or child-proof cabinets that are away from the access of children. Clean surfaces, counters that may have come in contact with the bug bomb, and prepare food thoroughly to avoid contamination.

The common symptoms people experience after bomb exposure include dizziness, nausea, coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath. The symptoms might be mild or severe but have debilitating effects on the young, the old and people with allergic reactions.