How Does a Flea Bomb Work?

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How Does a Flea Bomb Work?
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Definition

A flea bomb is a can of insecticide. When placed in the middle of a room and released, the fog of insecticide spreads throughout the room killing fleas, eggs, larvae and pupae. The fog permeates the home, carpets and crevices. All counters must be cleared off before using the bomb and all food must be put away. The insecticide contains propoxur, diazinon and carbaryl, which are nerve poisons. When flea bombs are used in a house, the house must be vacated for three to four hours. There are debates about the dangers of flea bombs for people and animals.

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Flea bombs do work. If a house is infested with fleas, the bombs will kill most of the fleas and release an insect growth regulator called Nylar that stops the cycle of any remaining fleas for up to 200 days. One bomb will not work. One bomb must be set up in each room of the house. The flea bomb will also kill other insects as well.

Flea bombs contain insecticides that are harmful to animals and people. Warnings on the flea bombs are explicit. If a flea bomb is used in a garage, all vehicles should be removed. When you return to the house, windows must be opened and all counters washed. All bedding should be washed, including the pet bedding.

How to Use a Flea Bomb

Vacuum thoroughly before using a flea bomb, including the couch. Pets should also have a flea bath. You don't want to bring fleas back into the house. Clear off everything from the counters including coffee makers; cover plants and fish tanks and remove all bedding. Place the bomb in the middle of the room with newspapers underneath to protect the furniture or floor. Close all the windows. Release the bomb and leave. Wait three to four hours before entering the house. When you return, open the windows, wrap the flea bomb in newspapers and dispose of properly. Wash all counters and surfaces. Vacuum again. The flea bomb will kill most of the fleas. You may also want to spray with an insecticide in corners or hard-to-reach areas.

To keep the fleas from returning, make sure you apply flea repellent to pets. Frontline is the leading repellent and is guaranteed to work. The outside of your home should be treated as well. Your garden centre has a number of products. Look for ones that have insect growth inhibitors.

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