Fleas are an insect species that can multiply rapidly and overwhelm one’s living space or backyard. When they become a problem, it is crucial that you eradicate these insects immediately to prevent an intense irritation to you and your family. There are various solutions to remedy your flea epidemic, however, not all are equally effective. The flea bomb has been used by several homeowners, but it may not be as effective or safe as we assume.
As tempting and convenient as the flea bomb/flea fogger may be, it is not the most viable option. Contact Pest Control is here to inform you of why:
What Are Flea Bombs Exactly?
Flea bombs are aerosol containers, also known as flea foggers, and function by releasing a pesticide-infused spray or fog when the can’s button is pushed. This fog then falls onto the floor of the room where it stays stuck to the surface. Depending on the type of flea bomb, the pesticides it carries include one of the following; Cypermethrin, Methoprene, Permethrin, Nylar, Tetramethrin or all of the above. It then works to kill any living fleas on the floor’s surface and any flea eggs.
Are Flea Foggers Dangerous?
When the fog is released onto the surface, it remains there, which leaves objects, pets, and people vulnerable and exposed to the pesticides even long after the flea bomb was released. In fact, after a flea bomb is released, pets and people need to be away from the area for approximately four to eight hours for their safety. If the fogger comes into contact with a flame or spark from electrical appliances, an accident may occur and damage your home. Flea bombs are highly flammable and any ignition systems should be shut off during the duration of time the fog is in the area. Other ways the flea fogger can be dangerous include:
- Using more than one flea bomb can leave a significant chemical residue, which can cause health risks to your family.
- If you or a family member suffers from asthma, the fog can trigger an asthma attack even days after it was released.
- Food can be contaminated if left open to the treated area.
- Spraying anywhere near your face can cause detrimental damage to your health.
- Birds are especially susceptible to health risks associated with flea fog and can succumb to the toxins even if they aren’t close to the treated area.
The safest and most effective way to eradicate fleas in your home is to hire Contact Pest Control. Our pest extermination services offer same-day, 24/7 services to eliminate the fleas that are infecting your home. Our fully licensed and insured technicians ensure high-standard work and customer service to restore your home. We are passionate about serving the GTA from Mississauga to Newmarket to ensure a pest-free living space.