We’re often asked about bug “bombs”. When should I use one, and will it work?
Bug bombs, also known as insect foggers, use an aerosol propellant to fill an indoor space with chemical pesticides. These products are often marketed as “easy-to-use, all-purpose” extermination tools.
When should you use a bug bomb? Honestly, almost never! They are most effective on flying insects (flies or mosquitoes) and actually don’t provide much control for many of the other common pests that are a concern for homeowners (ants, spiders, cockroaches, etc). So don’t expect a bug bomb to be of much help with your insect problem!
Consumers are fooled into using bug bombs because they believe the airborne pesticides will penetrate every crack and crevice, killing insects where they hide. Quite the opposite is true. Once these hidden pests detect the chemical fog in the room, they’ll retreat further into walls or other hideaways where you’ll never be able to treat them effectively.
Regardless of the targeted pest, bug bombs should really be a pesticide choice of last resort. First of all, the aerosol propellants used in bug bombs are highly flammable, and pose a serious risk of fire or explosion if the product is not used properly. Secondly, do you really want to coat every surface in your home with toxic pesticides? When you use a bug bomb, a chemical cocktail rains down on your counters, furniture, floors, and walls, leaving behind an oily, toxic residue.
If you still feel a bug bomb is your best pest control option, be sure to read and follow all directions on the label! If the bug bomb treatment doesn’t work the first time, don’t try it again – it’s not going to work. ConsultQuality Pest Control Omaha for a professional solution.