The Downsides to Bug Bombs: Why They Aren’t as Effective as You Might Think

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Some people like to go with the Do-It-Yourself approach to pest problems. This can work out somewhat in cases of minor infestation, but not so much when there’s a big pest issue. One of the top candidates that pest DIYers opt for is a bug bomb. However, this at-home pest solution isn’t as effective as you might think. In fact, it can be harmful to you, your family, and your pet. 

Bug Bombs: What Are They?

Also known as fogging, bug bombs are airborne insecticide products designed to eliminate insects in a specified area. Bug bombs can be effective in some instances but are burdened by flaws that make them inefficient. 

For one, bug bombs only manage to kill off bugs in their intended area of reach. Beyond that, the insecticide is rendered ineffective: There is no lingering effect once the insecticide dissipates. Fogging also doesn’t extend into holes and cracks, where bugs like to recede into and hide. That means the bug bomb could fail to kill all bugs and may not even eradicate most. Bug bombs are also generalized in use, which may make them ineffective on certain types of insects. 

How Safe Are Bug Bombs? 

Bug bombs are not only inefficient and ineffective: They can also be harmful to property and health. Bug bomb blunders are a common occurrence and can lead to thousands of dollars in property damage. Bug bombs use aerosols, a highly flammable substance that can create small explosions. 

In addition, bug bombs carry significant health risks when improperly used. Overexposure or misuse can result in the development of respiratory complications and rashes, as well as nausea and vomiting. Hospitalization can occur in the most extreme cases. 

Leave Pest Control to the Professionals 

Most of the time, it’s best to have professionals come out and conduct pest control. Pest control specialists are specifically trained to use specialty products and techniques that eliminate insects and pests at the source—and continue to keep them free from your home. They know how to effectively handle equipment, manage chemicals, and control pests. 

Vulcan Termite & Pest Control employs such technicians. Put their professional equipment and expertise to use for your home or property. Contact us to schedule an appointment today. Plus, learn more about pests, pest control, and pest-based services on our blog