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If you have decided to use a flea bomb then we take it that your home is suffering from a serious flea infestation and all that vacuuming, use of pesticides and other flea treatments have made no difference.
So now you are looking into the flea bombs for your home and we think that is a great idea, considering the rate of success they have with getting rid of every single flea, along with the eggs, from your home. But before we begin and give you a run down on how to use a flea bomb, let us answer a very important question-
How do a flea bombs work?
If you are guessing from the name that flea bombs actually work like bombs that are activated when triggered then yes, you are absolutely right!
Flea bombs contain a string dose of insecticide that gets released in the air when triggered, filling up the whole room and all exposed surfaces with its poisonous contents.
This has an advantage over flea sprays or other treatments where there is a chance of missed spots. One disadvantage is that even though the flea bomb works pretty fast and kills the fleas within minutes. You will be advised to stay away from your home or the room where the flea bomb was used, until the fumes have completely gone.
So now that you have all that information, we will guide you through how to use a flea bomb successfully and also provide you with some flea prevention tips to keep your home free from fleas after the treatment.
Identifying The Flea Infested Area
If you are not completely sure whether your home is infested by fleas or if you are trying to figure out where the infested areas are then there are a few signs to look out for.
1. Flea Dirt
Fleas usually leave droppings for their young to feed on and these droppings are not hard to miss if you look carefully. They look like black pepper and will leave red marks on white clothes or paper when rubbed.
If you notice these droppings along the floor or carpets, then use a saturated towel to rub them off and if your towel has signs of red marks then you know for sure that those are flea dirt.
2. Flea Eggs
Fleas sometimes lay eggs in carpets. So if you don’t mind doing some experimenting with your own hands then you could run them through the carpets to look for any signs of eggs. As flea eggs are tiny and not always visible to the naked eye, you may need to use a magnifying glass to check them out properly.
3. Check the Outdoors
Fleas are not only found inside the house, they can also hide in your yard, mostly in moist areas. Check in places like around the trees where there is always shade and under entries where the sun cannot directly shine on. Once you can identify the areas where fleas have infested you can start the treatment and expect better results.
4. Calculate the Amount of Area That Needs to Be Treated
In order to determine what size of flea bomb you will be requiring, you will need to calculate the square footage of the room or particular area that you will be treating. The labels on flea bomb tins or cans should indicate the size of the room that it will treat.
Read The Safety Warnings Properly!
Although most flea bombs work in the same way and are safe to use as long as you stay away from the area after the bomb is triggered. You still need to read the safety warnings and follow the instructions precisely.
Stick to a quality brand and check with friends or others you know with experience using flea bombs for recommendations and any safety tips that you may use.
How to Flea Bomb a House
1. Preparation Before Flea Fogging
2. Important Steps for Actually Deploying the Fogger
3. Things to Do After Bombing the House
Flea Prevention Tips
Other Flea Treatment Options
Depending on what you want to treat, there are a number of other flea treatments available.
If your pets have fleas then there are ointments and oral medication that a vet can prescribe. The fleas can also be brushed off using flea combs.
If it is your home that needs treating, then a spray insecticide can be used. These sprays contain ingredients that kill eggs and pupae.
Diatomaceous earth and dried pennyroyal leaves are two natural products that are effective in controlling fleas.
Borax dehydrates fleas and helps to treat infestations but use it with caution around pets.
Our Last Opinion
Fleas can multiple pretty quick and can cause serious problems once the infestation gets out of hand. So it is important to choose the right treatment to get rid of these pests as fast as possible.
Out of all the other flea treatments, flea bombs are known to be really effective and when used correctly. They can get rid of all fleas and their eggs within hours.
However, treatments may need to be repeated to kill any newly hatched fleas and prevent future infestations.
Remember to keep your home clean and check for any signs of fleas even after the treatments.