Pesticide foggers, commonly called “bug bombs,” are sold at hardware stores and grocery stores. Although many of these products contain
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safe to control infestations.
How Do Termite Bombs & Foggers Work?
Pesticide foggers are liquid insecticides that are dispensed from pressurized
aerosol cans. Small drops of insecticide are dispersed into the air where they remain suspended for a short time before succumbing to gravity.
These droplets will fall to the floor, counter or any other exposed surface. Although they may seem similar, termite foggers do not work like fumigants. Fumigants are gases that disperse throughout a home to penetrate
wood and reach the smallest crevices where termites may be living. Fumigants dissipate into the air after a home has been properly aerated.
Fumigation can be provided by trained professionals only, due to the materials and equipment required for treatment.
In short, bombs disperse termiticides throughout your home – just in a surface method that coats your belongings and does not reach termite
Safety of Termite Bombs
Foggers likely expose you and your family to greater amounts of termiticides than targeted liquid treatments or fumigants that dissipate without
leaving a residue on household items. Many fogger products contain chemicals that can cause severe reactions in people with asthma or
Most fogger products are activated by non-toxic gases used to propel the liquid pesticide droplets out of the aerosol can and into the air.
These gases are flammable. Homeowners that have forgotten to extinguish pilot lights before using a fogger have started house fires. Because the
contents are under pressure, canisters can explode at high temperatures.
All termite control products should be stored carefully and out of children’s reach. Foggers can be easily activated so use caution to avoid
A do-it-yourself termite fogger is not an effective means of termite control. If you have a termite infestation in your home, consult with a
licensed pest control expert to learn about professional products and techniques. For more targeted and effective methods of termite control, contact a trained termite specialist.