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How Long Do You Need To Stay Out Of The House After A Bug Bomb? (Greenville Exterminators)

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Bug bombs, also known as total-release foggers, are pesticides used to get rid of different kinds of pests. This is commonly used to get rid of cockroaches, fleas, mosquitoes, bed bugs, and other pests.

This pesticide product contains chemicals that are obviously not good for anyone's health it is plants, animals, or human beings. But, in situations when your house gets infested by pests, you have no choice but to try whatever method is available just to get rid of those pesky creatures. Thus, you sometimes end up choosing a method that involves using pesticides, which is okay at some point.

Using pesticides to get rid of those unwanted creatures is proven to be effective. However, there are things you must know if you choose to go with this approach. Otherwise, this may cause harm to you and your family’s health. And since it contains flammable substances, potential explosion or fire could trigger especially when mishandled.

You surely don't want to put yourself and your family's health at risk. So, make sure to allow some time before going back inside if a total release fogger is currently being implemented. The time you need to spend outside after fogging is done really depends on the situation.

If you opt to do the fogging on your own, be sure to check the label of the product you are using as this is one of the information they will include as part of safety precautions. If you want to contact a pest control service to help you instead to get this done though, they should tell you how long you should wait before going back to the house after fogging. 

Safety Precautions

When properly done, pesticides or total-release foggers can prove to be an effective pest solution. For those who are not familiar with or who are thinking of trying this at home, there are safety precautions to take note of for effective and at the same time, safe pest control. 

  • Know the product - Surely, there are many different kinds of pesticides you can buy in stores and it’s up to you to choose which one you think is best to use. So, how would you know if they are effective or not, or if they are safe to use or would just cause issues after using it? It is not easy to find out which products are effective, safe, and easy to use. However, you can start by checking the product reviews online. This is one of the good things the internet has brought to our lives. Alternatively, if you have friends or family members who have experience with pest control, you may also ask for suggestions. That way, you would know what products you need to avoid and the products you can try.
  • Do not use more foggers than what is required - Some people think that using more foggers will eliminate pests faster than usual. However, using more foggers than necessary may result in accidents so we should never do this. Releasing too much fogging material leads to the building up of flammable vapors that can cause fire or explosion. If you are to use total-release foggers be sure to use the right amount only. 
  • Keep away any pesticides from flammable or ignition sources - Do not place them near the stove, a spark from electrical appliances that go on and off, or cigarettes.
  • Vacate the place where the fogging was done - It is not good for your health to breathe air from an area such as a home, apartment, or business establishment where total release fogger was performed. This is the reason why it is a must to immediately leave the premises after fogging and allow a few hours before going back. Normally, pest control technicians suggest vacating the place for a minimum of 2 hours or more. It is best to put your indoor plants outside for the time being. This way, they won't absorb the chemicals that will be released during the fogging. If you are leaving with pets, you need to bring them outside too. 
  • Allow fresh air to circulate inside the house or establishment when you get back - As soon as you return home, open the windows and doors to ventilate the remaining fumes. Placing a fan close to windows and doors will also help in airing out the area that has been treated. 
  • Read and follow the label carefully - For effective yet safe pest elimination, this is one of the very first things you should do. Reading it will help you know how the product must be applied, how much pesticides should be used depending on the size of the area to be treated, what kinds of pests you will be able to eliminate using the product, and how long should you wait before you go back to your place. Reading the label only takes a few minutes of your time but this is your key for effective and safe pest control.
  • Keep the product out of reach of children or pets - If there are children and pets in your home, make sure they will not be able to reach these pesticides. Store it in a cabinet or shed. If not, put it on a counter where they will not be able to reach it. 

Preventing Pests From Coming So You Do Not Have to Perform Pest Control

While there are different approaches to eliminating pests, it is still best to prevent them from coming so you do not have to deal with them at all. Preventing pests is not a hard task. In fact, this is a much better thing to do than getting rid of them.

Most pests get attracted if there are sources of food and water in a specific area. These are something you surely have at home. Store your food such as chips and cookies in airtight containers so pests will not be able to reach them. Avoid leaving them in boxes, food such as cereals and oats, as pests can easily chew or destroy these things. If you have any food left, better to store it in the fridge if you still intend to eat it afterward.

Throw any fruits or vegetables that are starting to get rotten. Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink. Wipe food spills and crumbs so pests such as rodents, roaches, ants, and flies will not attract them.

Vacuum your carpet, bed, and floors, and wash your pillowcase linens, and sheets regularly. This will help prevent bed bugs from developing as well as other kinds of pests. Fix leaking pipes, if there are any, as this serves as a water source for pests.

Be on the lookout for crevices and holes and seal them all because they serve as entry points for pests. Last but not least, practice having a clutter-free home for a pest-free environment. Old magazines, unused shoe boxes, and empty bottles should be properly disposed of.

DIY Pest Control

Foggers and bug bombs are not your only option when it comes to pest control. We have the so-called baits and traps now which you can also try on your own, depending on the kind of pests you have to deal with. There are also insects, bug sprays, or repellents you can use. These are easier to use and not as strong as compared to foggers and bug bombs. There are some repellents or sprays that are pet-friendly. Planting some natural repellents is also an option. Yes! You read that right! If you love plants, then this will surely benefit you. There are many kinds of plants you can have in your garden that help repel bugs and insects. Plants such as rosemary, lavender, catnip, basil, peppermint, and lemon balm are just some of them.  

Pest Control Service 

In case your home or property gets infested by pests and you are not sure how to get rid of them, stop wasting time and contact a pest control service that will help you solve your pest problem. Choose Go-Forth pest control, the best pest control company in Greenville.

Go-Forth Home Services is a family-owned commercial service solutions provider of modern pest control services and techniques. We only use the latest and most advanced technology in the business. This ensures a safer, more convenient, and more efficient service.

We bring in a new and fresh approach to the pest control industry. Our expert experience in exterminating pests like cockroaches, wasps, weevils, mosquitoes, mice, flies, termites, ants, and spiders makes us the best choice against pests in your home. You may check us out on Facebook or Google us to see what our satisfied customers have to say about us.

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