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A lot of times vacuuming can really help with Pest Control.


We often get calls to rid homes of certain bugs and sometimes I just want to say – clean your house first. Its all in the approach to a customer, I have always believed that a home was meant to be lived in. Hoarding though can be dangerous, look I prefer a home that was clutter free but that isn’t always going to happen. So lets just say that your home leans a little closer to clutter than clutter free, what can you do?

  • If you have carpet vacuum often and make sure you empty the vacuum. We don’t have fleas here in Arizona but I have seen fleas hatch from a bag vacuum and re-infest the entire home again.
  • Carpet beetles are a problem and if you have a vacuum that really works well, it may be able to suck up the larva and they do all the damage.
  • Bed Bugs can also hang out near the baseboard and edges of the carpet, so vacuuming could help. Speaking of Bed Bugs if you want to use DE or DiatomaceousEarth – don’t go crazy this stuff can be dangerous when your breath it into your nose.
  • Don’t use Bug Bombs, they can make the critter go deeper and more of an issue on treating in the future.
  • Vacuum again.
Photo by PPMA

Photo by PPMA

YABBE (yet another bug bomb explosion)


I continue to be absolutely amazed by these stories, for gosh sakes let be careful out there. “NYC fire officials say resident set of 2 sets of bug bombs, causing explosion that injured 12“.

Fire officials say the woman set off 20 canisters Wednesday. On Thursday, she deployed about two dozen more but forgot to turn off a pilot light. The poisonous flammable fumes exploded, shattering windows on three floors. Three people were seriously hurt.

I’m not sure how big this home was but 32 bug bombs in 2 days is extremely dangerous, as is noted by this report. If you have an infestation that requires you to think that 32 bug bombs will be needed – you need more help than those bombs. Call a Pest Management Professional, at the very least to get an opinion. Don’t get me wrong there are times and places to use these devices but please read and follow all directions, PLEASE.




7 Bad Treatment for Bed Bugs

7 Bad Treatment for Bed Bugs


Taken from Florida Pest Pro magazine December 2012    Don't


  1. Don’t use flammable liquids to control bed bugs. They may catch on fire.
  2. Don’t place moth balls around the home. They are irritating to eyes and nose.
  3. Don’t use pesticides from other countries. They can be dangerous.
  4. Don’t use lawn & ornamental insecticdes to control bed bugs. They are not intended to be used indoors.
  5. Don’t treat with garden dusts. They should not be used indoors.
  6. Don’t spray the mattress. Leave that to professionals.
  7. Don’t treat with bug bombs. They don’t work & can cause explosions, if not used according to directions.


Bang! Up goes the house… Bug bombs are not toys!

Bang! Up goes the house… Bug bombs are not toys!


So if a 1/2 ounce of bug stuff kills bugs then 1 ounce has to be better, right? That’s what many people believe and guess what – they would be wrong and sometimes it can cost you BIG! A woman in Ludlow, ME found out the hard way “Pest Control Bombs Blamed for House Fire“. Check out some older stories from the ProBest Blog on what happens when you use a product incorrectly “Boom, goes another house!” and “The Top Least Effective Ways to Kill Bed Bugs“.

Always read and understand Labels, MSDS and product directions. The time to know is before you use them.

Boom, goes another house!


Boom, goes another house!


‘Bug bomb’ burns house – Henry County, GA

Read that last line from the Fire Captain and the entire story to see what happens when people don’t read or follow label and use directions.


The fire captain suggested a few simple tips, to prevent the devastation of losing a home to fire, and/or an explosion in an attempt to rid the home of bugs.

#• Carefully read the product label first. Product labels provide information on how to use the product safely. Ask for help if you have trouble understanding the instructions.

#• Turn off all possible ignition sources when using bug bombs. This includes stoves, heaters, and water heaters that have pilot lights. Be sure to turn off all electrical appliances that may generate heat or sparks.

#• Use only the number of foggers you need for the area you want to treat. You will find that information in the directions. Using more than the recommended number does not eliminate pests faster.

#• Reduce the need for chemical pesticides. Follow Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices to keep pests away (cover garbage, keep food in plastic containers, keep house clean, etc.).

#• Contact a commercial applicator to control the presence of pests if you are experiencing a severe infestation.

Safety Precautions for Total Release Foggers

Safety Precautions for Total Release Foggers:

EPA has prepared this fact sheet to help users reduce potential hazards associated with total release foggers. Total release foggers, also known as “bug bombs,” are pesticide products containing aerosol propellants that release their contents at once to fumigate an area. These products are often used around the home to kill cockroaches, fleas, and other pests. Because the aerosol propellants in these foggers typically are flammable, improper use may cause a fire or explosion. In addition to this hazard, failure to vacate premises during fogging or reentering without airing out may result in illness.

There are several video’s that outline the proper use of these tools for pest control (vacate residence, do not use more than on label and ignition sources)  and with all the stories over the last few years its probably time for a detailed guideline on usage. I will add one more item, there is a place for this type of tool within pest control but bear in mind that improper use may make the bug go deeper into the walls or hiding place. This may actually make the situation worse and more difficult if you then must hire a Pest Management Professional.

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