Flea bombs are a popular way to treat the home for a flea infestation. These small spray bottles are designed to be set up in the home, usually in the middle of the affected room, and set off. The insecticide spray then permeates the home, carpets and other areas, killing fleas, as well as flea eggs and larva. At least, that’s the idea.
Are flea bombs really effective?
Flea bombs often seem like the ideal solution, since they’re quite easy to use, and seem like a simple, low maintenance way to control fleas. However, the indirect application of insecticides to your carpets, pet bedding, or other areas that might be infested with fleas, is much less effective than applying them directly.
Is there a better way to treat your home for fleas?
A better way to apply spray insecticides is directly to the areas infested with fleas. In most homes with pets, this usually means the pet’s bed and bedding, carpets, and any other areas the pet frequents. The advantage of applying insecticide spray directly is that you can use much less of the toxic substance.
In addition, when you apply the spray by hand, as opposed to setting off a bomb in the middle of your living room, you can move furniture and other obstacles, and apply the spray to the exposed area. Flea bombs do not allow you this flexibility.
Some tips for using flea bombs
Although alternatives to flea bombs exist that might be more effective in getting rid of your flea infestation, they can be an important part of your flea control program. To use them effectively and safely, there are a few things to keep in mind.
As with all insecticide based flea sprays, be sure to use one that contains an insect growth regulator to kill both adult and pre-adult fleas. Here are a couple that meet those requirements.
Siphotrol Plus Fogger is a 6oz flea bomb that contains the insect growth regulator Precor. It will kill adult fleas and ticks almost immediately, and prevent eggs and larva from developing for up to seven months. One can treats 750 square feet, so a single fogger is potentially enough to treat an apartment or multiple rooms of a house.
The Adams Flea & Tick Room Fogger Plus is another good bet if you want to try a flea bomb. The Adams fogger also contains Precor, so it will prevent eggs and larva from developing while killing adult fleas and ticks, as well as spiders, cockroaches, ants, etc. Like the Siphotrol version, this bomb also comes in a 6oz can, so coverage should be about the same.
Be sure to purchase enough bombs to cover your whole house. Consult the label for information about how to judge how many you’ll need. Killing fleas and eggs in one room is not going to cut it, and fleas in other parts of your house will just re-infest the treated area.
Pay special attention to your kitchen area, pots, pans and dishes, and be sure they’re not exposed to the flea spray itself. Or, if they are exposed, be sure to wash them before using them for cooking or serving food.
Try to clear the floor areas of rooms so that the insecticide has access to carpets. Move as much furniture as you can. The spray may have a hard time reaching carpeted areas that are under low-clearance furniture, such as beds and couches.
All people, pets and pet toys, bedding, tanks, etc. should all be removed from the home during the bombing. Just like the home flea control process, all bedding and other washable items should be washed in hot water and detergent, or thrown away.
Follow the instructions for the flea bomb. That usually involves setting it up in the middle of a room on top of some newspapers and then setting it off. Leave your home as soon as you can after setting off the fogger so that you’re not exposed to the insecticide.
As you can see, there’s a lot to be aware of when using a flea bomb. The indirect approach to applying the insecticide makes it more hazardous for your home’s inhabitants, and does not necessarily increase it’s effectiveness. You might actually be better off using a spray that is directly applied to carpeted areas that are likely to be infected, combined with a concerted effort at vacuuming.
Use a multi-pronged approach for best success
This website is dedicated to providing you with the most accurate and helpful information on flea control. As you will see, the best approach involves treating the infestation in your home as well as your pets. It doesn’t make much sense to treat one and not the other, since one will just re-infest the other if they’re not both treated.
So, although it might be tempting to just buy a couple of flea bombs, set them off in your house, and call it a day, for the best long term results you will probably have to take a more careful and comprehensive approach. Fortunately, with careful and consistent care, you can eliminate fleas from your life for good.
Here’s a good video that walks through some important points about how to use flea bombs. It’s worth watching if you’re thinking about using flea bombs in your home.