Foggers, also known as bug bombs, are created to release a mist of insecticide into the environment that falls into exposed areas and objects. Despite the popular belief, foggers do not spray out gas that can reach unexposed cracks and holes where pests can hide. There is sufficient evidence that bug bombs are not effective to kill pests such as bed bugs and cockroaches unless these pests are out in the open.
However, these creatures know better than to let the pesticides reach them. Once they detect pest control strategies, they will burrow themselves deep into secure cracks and will wait it out until the house is free of pesticide residue.
Physical Side Effects of Foggers
Countless people make the mistake of using foggers too much without considering its harmful effects. Not only do foggers pose dangers to humans but also animals and plants. According to studies, breathing, ingesting, or getting in contact with the pesticide can result in skin allergies, headache, coughing, irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, and many more. Others even experience serious eye damage if some of the residues get in contact with the eyes.
Anyone with asthma and other respiratory conditions such as obstructive pulmonary disease is at risk of more serious complications. Bug bombs can trigger attacks and could worsen a person’s condition. In which case, emergency care is necessary.
These pesticides are also harmful to children and infants. It could affect the development of their brain and cause developmental delays, autism, and deformities. These are the reasons why the World Health Organization (WHO) aims to limit the use of foggers – to protect the health and wellness of everyone in the environment.
Other dangers caused by foggers
The ingredients of bug bombs are highly flammable. This is why experts recommend a thorough preparation of the house before the pesticide application. Without it, fires and explosions could happen especially when too many foggers are used. Before using bug bombs inside the household, switch off pilot lights and unplug electrical appliances. This helps prevent fumes from triggering house fires.
If you’re set to use foggers, don’t forget to read and understand the label. This will guide you on how to use the fogger safely. Better yet, call an expert to assist you on this matter to prevent any damage and casualty.
Alternatives to foggers
As parents and responsible housekeepers, do not be hasty to using foggers at home. Assess the infestation and see if any of these DIY methods can take care of the problem:
- Regular cleaning and organization. Most pests are attracted to food crumbs, food stains, and clutter. One way to make your home unattractive to them is to practice effective housekeeping skills. This is one of the most cost-effective strategies for pest management. Instead of risking your family’s life by exposing them to harmful chemicals, invest in cleaning materials such as bleach, vacuum, mop, and a broom. Simple as it sounds, it is highly recommended by experts to maintain a pest-free environment.
- Use traps and baits. Thanks to technology, countless inventors found ways to trap various pests such as mice, cockroaches, flies, and fleas. If you think this strategy can help you lessen the pest population in your area, why don’t you try it? It’s a non-intrusive way to eliminate pests without causing danger to your family.
- Invest in natural predators. If your problem is mice, rats, and cockroaches, one of the recommended approaches is getting a pet such as an active cat or a dog. These creatures have natural hunting instincts that allow them to catch these pests. Plus, they make great house guards, deterring pests and keeping them away. Not only will you have a natural pest catcher but also a friend and a life companion.
Calling a professional
If the infestation is severe, it’s best to call a professional for the job. These experts are equipped with the skills and knowledge to use tools for pest management. They can apply pest control strategies effectively and safely without putting anyone’s life in danger. With their help, you can achieve a pest-free environment in no time. The best part is, most pest control companies offer lifetime protection from pests. If I were you, I’d take this chance for the optimum protection of my family.