HOW TO FUMIGATE A HOUSE SAFELY
The golden rule is...follow the directions provided with the fogging bomb precisely.
1. Fumigate or BOMB just the rooms of a house:
If you have the need to fumigate or what is called bomb the rooms to get rid of pests, you MUST follow the directions on the pesticide bomb. This is also called "fogging" the house." The University of Kentucky experts advise...
NO FLAMES: The ingredients in aerosol insecticide products may be flammable when used or stored near open flame. There have been a number of house fires involving insect foggers when homeowners neglected to extinguish pilot lights, cigarettes, etc.
It is generally poor practice to allow pesticide residues to settle onto counter tops, bedding, toys, pet food dishes, and other exposed surfaces.
While the directions for use accompanying total-release foggers specify that exposed food, utensils, and food preparation equipment and surfaces be covered and cleaned before reuse, many homeowners fail to read and follow these instructions.
The extent to which the resultant pesticide residues on exposed surfaces constitute a health hazard is debatable and would depend on various factors.
A potentially greater hazard is pyrethrum, a common ingredient in bug bombs which is often touted as being “natural” and “safe” since it is derived from chrysanthemum flowers. Occupants with asthma and other respiratory ailments can react severely when pyrethrins and other irritating, volatile compounds are used indoors.
According to label instructions, people and pets are not supposed to remain in the treated area, but are not necessarily required to leave the house.
Most foggers are designed to be placed in the center of a room on a chair or table, and activated by depressing or removing a tab at the top of the can. The entire contents are released upwards, into the airspace, where the aerosol droplets remain suspended for a period of time and then gradually settle onto floors, counter tops and other surfaces.
Prior to application, drawers, cabinets and closets are supposed to be opened to enhance coverage in areas where pests are likely to be living. When applied in this manner, very little insecticide actually penetrates into cracks, voids, and other hidden locations where cockroaches, ants, silverfish, and most other household pests congregate and spend most of their time.
Many insect foggers contain pyrethrin as their primary active ingredient. While pyrethrins are somewhat effective against exposed flying insects such as mosquitoes and house flies, they are seldom lethal to cockroaches, ants, spiders, beetles, and other crawling pests. The ingredients within “bug bombs” also tend to be repellent, causing insects to scatter and move deeper into wall voids and other hard-to-reach areas.
2. Fumigate the entire house: That means every air space...that is why a house is wrapped to do the fumigation.
- This is a job for "superman"...that means you can't do it. Call a professional and have them do it for you safely and effectively.
Finally, fogging may not be legal for you to do in your community. Check your local laws before you try to get rid of any pests by fogging.