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Should I Use Bug Bombs To Get Rid Of Fleas?

Exterminator Spray PortlandBy the time we get to a customers’ house, they have usually tried a lot of their own pest control methods, so we have a pretty good grasp of what doesn’t work.  I understand trying to save a few bucks and I can also understand the allure of setting off flea bombs in your house.  It seems like it should work, fumigating your home to get to every nook and cranny, killing everything, right?  Only, they really do not work the way that you think they do.  Here are some reasons why they will not only be ineffective, but actually counterproductive.

#1-  They have hardly any residual effect.

If the flea bomb gets a direct hit on your pests, it will probably kill them, but otherwise it will not.  If you were to read the label on some of the pest control products at the store, you would hear claims of products lasting for up to 12 months.  Unfortunately, this is just about impossible, especially for flea bombs.  Flea fumigates actually have hardly any residual at all, meaning all those eggs in tight places are not effected one bit.

#2-  It works more like a repellent.

If you have ever went camping, you probably applied some kind of pest repellent to your body to keep the bug bites away.  It doesn’t actually kill the pests, but it just repels them.  Flea bombs work much the same way.  The product inside of them can actually just move the fleas deeper into their hiding places or spread them to other areas of the home, thus being counterproductive.

#3-  They are just plain gross.

Doesn’t the thought of spraying pesticides all over your home kind of gross you out?  It should.  Having a sticky chemical all over your house just does not seem the safest thing you can do for your home.  This is especially true since they don’t really work very well.  Which bring me to my next point…

#4- They don’t really work very well.

As previously mentioned, they do not kill the eggs and the residual is not enough to get the job done.  So, how is this going to fix your problem if you can only kill the adults (even this is unlikely), but not the younger generation?  It just is not going to be very effective.

So Mister Negativity, what do you propose we do about it?

Honestly, the best way to get rid of fleas is to call in a pest control company, but if you just cannot afford it right now, there are a few things that you can do to increase your odds of success.  I recommend this article on some helpful flea DIY tips, but if you are ready to call in the professionals, please give us a call.

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