Do Flea Bombs Work?

Do flea bombs work? Many people ask themselves this question, and the hundreds of available controversial answers might make them confused. Flea bombs have been specially formulated to kill fleas, but like any other methods, these tools have their advantages and disadvantages. Let’s have a look at what a flea bomb is, why it can kill fleas, how we can use it to vacate fleas. After that, you will have your own answer.


What is a flea bomb?

Flea bombs are also known as flea foggers. Basically, foggers contain an insecticide to control adult, biting fleas. As the name says, they work by pressing the trigger and letting a pesticide-infused fog that covers the room. 

When you push the trigger down, the entire contents of the can are sprayed upward like a mist. This fog falls to the ground where it sticks to the surface. To put it differently, using these products will result in surfaces full of the pesticide. The pesticide remains on the surface for a long period of time, so it has a long-acting effect.

How to use a flea bomb

Do flea bombs work? The answer is yes, but you must follow the correct procedure to ensure they work properly. 

  • Prepare prior to flea fogging

First and foremost, you need to clean thoroughly your home in order to force the insects out of their hiding places. Vacuum as well as possible and pay special attention to the places where your pet regularly visits like carpeting, benches, curtains, bedding and more.

Collect all clothing and toiletries and then wrap them up in polythene bags so that the toxic fog cannot contaminate these items. Once you have finished fogging, just take them out and they will be as clean as before. Remove all plants, eating utensils, food and loose furniture to protect them from the toxic mist. Seal up or move your fish tank.

Use old newspaper to shield your floors. Tightly close all windows and unplug the electrical equipment while the process is underway because these products are potentially flammable. Open doors and drawers inside your house wide, letting the chemicals from the bomb do their job.

Don protective gear like a mask, gloves, boots and clothing. Always give safety the top priority because the chemicals can be damaging to your health. Therefore, please restrict your exposure to them as much as you can.

Buy a quality brand flea bomb. To obtain the best answer about which brand of flea bomb is best, make use of the many available sources such as veterinarians, friends, family, online feedbacks and reviews and so on. Each piece of advice might not be the same, so you should follow up with your own research.

Last, but not least, plan an outing or a place to stay for about 8 hours after placing the bomb. You will need to leave the premises for this amount of time after fumigating to allow the poison to dissipate.

  • Implement bombing

Put a sheet of newspaper on the floor (in the middle of the room) and place one of the canisters on it. This step will help stop the residues of the product from staining the floor directly around the flea bomb.

Strictly follow the instructions on the packaging to make a decision on the quantity that your house needs. After having put on your protective gear, shake the fogger well. Open the flea fogger by pushing the release valve hardly, and start bombing your house. Please refer to the video below for more information:

  • Follow-up activity

After about 8-10 hours, you come back and open up all the windows, turn on some fans, get your house cleared out, throw away the newspapers and empty canisters and leave again. Let it sit empty for an hour or so, just letting your house air out because there’s a deadly pesticide in your house and you don’t want to breathe that in. After this time, you can bring back your pots and plants.

Vacuum every room. Sweep every room, wipe down all the furniture, wash all the linen, wash all dishes and generally anywhere else that the pesticide could have landed on, because it is potentially harmful. Nonetheless, you should not vacuum the carpets and curtains immediately. Just do it after around 2 days to get rid of all dead eggs.

Last but most importantly, to keep your room flea-free, you will need to vacuum daily. Prevention is better than cure. 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of flea bombs? 

There are some disadvantages of these foggers, but these tend to be outweighed by the advantages. 

  • Disadvantages

The chemicals may fail to reach some hidden or covered areas, for example, the spaces below the furniture. These positions can easily become shelters for remaining fleas. Fleas in there will not be affected by the bomb, and will not be killed. That is the reason why you should leave your carpets for 2 days after fogging and then vacuum.

The chemicals are bad for your pets, so never let them be exposed to these dangerous substances. You do need to treat your pets with flea medicine as well, as they are one of the sources of flea in your home. 

  • Advantages

In spite of some shortcomings, many people prefer flea bombs to traps or spray products because of their following strengths:

Flea bombs can treat an entire medium-sized house or an area of up to 5000 cubic feet.

There are no lingering odors or sticky messes.

Flea bombs leave a residue which is supposed to prevent flea infestation for a long time ( up to 6 months). Plus, they also are effective for other kinds of insect pests such as silverfish, ants and cockroaches.

Most flea bombs on the market are affordable, convenient and easy-to-use. 

To sum up

After reading this post: “Do Flea Bombs Work?”, you now know the basic information about flea bombs. To treat a large space with a serious flea infestation, flea bombs are certainly not a bad choice. Nevertheless, for them to work at their best, you need to follow all the steps we have outlined, ranging from before, during and after fogging.

Thanks for reading!

Richard Clayton

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