i was jus wondering is neone knows if Homelife Roach & Flea fogger is bad..b/c my basement has so many flea's so my bad is going to jus bomb is with the fogger im scared tho ..wut if we breath it in ...then we die ! it says get out of the house 2-3 hours then let it air out..i just hope its not to dangerous ..
We have used a fogger before and did not die. They are a pain to use, but they do work. You have to put it on newspaper or on the cement floor. You have to leave the house (taking all animals out too) for the time specified. Don't forget to remove their food and dishes too. Since you are doing it in the basement, it probably won't be as bad to clean up afterward. We used them in whole house and I scrubbed like a madwoman after we could come back inside before I would let my kids and pets run around. I'm not sure about the fogger you are referring to. We got one that took care of fleas and flea eggs. That way the fleas did not have a chance to come back a few weeks later.
I think all the flea bombs say you have to leave. Every brand I ever looked at did anyway. Do you have a garage where you can put any animals that you can't take with you? We put the bird in there in the nice weather when we bombed. As far as fleas go, we had them in the basement years ago, They're tough to get rid of, but we finally did, and I hate to tell you how, but I will. I set off bombs down there every week to 10 days for 3 months. I read about fleas on the web and this is what they said to do. It did work--knocking on wood!!!
Good luck! They're nasty!
Huron is right, that is the entire steps we did, and it did get rid of them. We thought about calling an exterminator, but decided to try for ourselves first
***Edited By: kristen on 8/5/2006 8:05:28 AM*** Reason: .
the fogger is not going to work in and alone by itself, you are going to have to treat the food source (your pets) also, i also am willing to bet your yard has fleas also. if you have carpet, the fleas are there also, In fact i can guarntee, the fleas are in the entire house. Fleas, do not live on the pets they jump on and off. i bet some of them decided to jump off upstairs as well. or they migrated on your clothes or in the laundry. or a thousan other ways.
If you have tried to treat the problem already and had no luck you should just call an exterminator. Fleas will be everywhere you and your pets go. They will be in your laundry hamper and in your pet's bedding. Just setting off a bomb in your basement will kill only the fleas that are in the basement, not the flea larva (babies in cocoons) that haven't hatched yet. It will also cause every surviving spider, cricket, centipede and earwig in your basement to migrate upward into your house. You need to treat the whole house and your pets and yard all at the same time. The best way is to cover or plastic bag all food, dishes, and eating utensils (human and animal) and remove all fish aquariums and other pets. While the house is being treated take your furry animals to the groomers for a thorough flea bath. While the dogs are being groomed go to the nearest store and get some good flea spray for your car, use it, and leave the windows open to air out all the unsettled spray. The exterminator should be using a chemical that leaves a residue. This means that the fleas that will be hatching after all the flea spraying is done will still come in contact with flea killer. It will be dry flea killer that bonds to carpet, floors, and upholstry and shouldn't hurt you or your pets but it will still be effective. One of the biggest mistakes is to assume the chemicals didn't work because a week later you see fleas. These are the ones that were protected in cocoons while the chemicals were killing the adult fleas and they will die too. The way to make the fleas hatch out as fast as possible is activity and warmth. Movement and body heat will cause dormant fleas to spring to life and be killed that much faster. Ask anyone who walks into a vacant house that had dogs with fleas in it. It seems fine at first but by the time you go through the first couple of rooms your legs will be literally covered with hungry fleas that seem to come out of nowhere. Running a vaccuum is very helpful. I am no expert here but I did spend a year as a certified pesticide applicator and flea control was a big part of the job.