Is it Safe to Set Off Bug Bombs in an Attic?

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Bug bombs are also known as total release foggers. These products are used to control insect infestations in many homes and office settings. While bug bombs are easy to use and readily available, there are some precautions home owners should use when placing them in small spaces such as attics and basements.


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Bug bombs fumigate areas that have insect infestations and kill bugs within hours of release. Cockroaches and fleas are common household pests that often are controlled using these products. Certain areas of the home can harbor insects, such as attics, basements, kitchens and bathrooms, making these rooms common areas where bug bombs are placed. Home owners using bug bombs must take precautions to ensure the safety of those living inside the home. Most bug bombs contain pyrethrin as an active ingredient.


Fire Safety

Using bug bombs inside your home is generally safe if you take precautions. These are aerosol products, meaning they are flammable and can cause a fire or explosion if used or placed improperly. Fire is most likely when bug bombs are used near ignition sources such as a pilot light or sparking electrical wires.


Areas Of Use

There are different sizes of bug bombs. Choose a product that best fits the room you need to fumigate. Avoid overfumigating your home because this can lead to a buildup of flammable vapors, which can cause illness. Bug bombs should not be used in very small spaces such as underneath counters or in small closets. Most attics are large enough for fumigants, but only when the appropriate size bug bomb is used. Bug bombs that are 6 ounces can treat a large room up to 25-by-25 feet, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.


Health Concerns

Home owners using bug bombs in their attics should leave the house while the fumigant is being released. Pets should also be removed from your home during fogging. Before fogging, remove all items from your attic, including toys, clothing and books. Most bug bomb makers advise home owners to remain clear of the home for two to four hours after release to avoid inhaling harmful mists and vapors. Once you return to the home, open the windows to air out your home. If anyone feels ill after returning home, contact your doctor at once.


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