Quick help husband about to fog (bomb) again in a few hours!(10 posts)
My husband is convinced that if the box says bed bugs than it will work on the bugs I call bed bugs. So he has 9 foggers ready to go while I am at work tonight.
Last week he bombed the house with the same product (5 bombs) then when they were still there he taped up the affected room and bombed that. So now they are still in the affected room, but I have seen them on the ceiling outside of that room (in the living room). So what's next? bathroom (next to affected room) or will they move to the downstairs where my little ones sleep in their room and my husband and I sleep.
Oh did I forgot to mention that I am allergic or have a very bad reaction to these bugs...where I am bit swells up so much that it feels like the skin will just pop. SO I am terrified of being bit any where, but especially hear my face or throat.
And as most dealing with these pest probably feel - lost, affraid, helpless and personally I feel frozen in fear rather than ready to battle.
Since he seems hell-bent on doing things himself, perhaps a comprehensive guide like this one can help him do it right. Yes, it notes at least 3 times why foggers are not a good practice.
Dear vermont's HUSBAND !
Foggers are a ppor choice for bed bug control ! ! !
> The aerosol mist or fog from total release aerosols (i.e. bombs, foggers) falls "like rain" within the area being treated.
> This aerosol works on contact. This means that it may kill the bugs it hits directly.
> Note that nearly all of your bed bugs will be hidden and NOT contacted by the aerosol mist.
> Due to the above (and other reasons but I'm trying to keep this simple and easy here) you will NOT kill very many bed bugs using foggers. Even the ones that actually say bed bugs on the label ! ! !
> ALSO, foggers distribute insecticides indiscriminantly throughout your home placing insecticides on food prep surfaces, counter tops, furniture and floors alike. NOT a good deal !
Understand that, within reason, it is more important how & where an insecticide product is used than what product is used.
If you must do it yourself, and it appears that you are going to, then you are much better off returning all the crap fogger bombs you bought and getting a decent residual insecticide product that can be used to actually kill the bed bugs.
Inspect to find where your bed bugs are hiding, usually the bed frame, box spring, etc.
Remove bed bugs using a suitable vacuum.
Treat the bed bug harborages, hiding places, with a residual insecticide.
Avoid treating surfaces normally contacted by humans with residual insecticides.
ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS ! ! !
If you need a "how to" guide check out the BB Combat Manual advertised on the right as it has an entire chapter that details how to treat if you have to do thew work yourself. I hear it's a pretty good book but I may be a tad biased being that I wrote it.
Whatever you do, please avoid the use of aerosol foggers ! ! !
Hope this helps ! paul b.
So...did he listen to me??? NO! Do we still have bed bugs? YES. Now finding them on the living room ceiling (right next to the affected bedroom) and last night found one lying on its back on the kitchen floor (not dead, maybe close to death though). SO Now what :..(
OMG - this really sux and now I am gonna have to call and tell him that we are not free. He doesn't take I told you so very well (not abusive or anything, just gets anoyed).
So some background: many years ago (2004) we had bed bugs in a house we lived (my ex-husband and kids and me) we had a pro come twice, then we bombed 3 times and then they were gone - for real, we live there bed bug free for 3 years after that. So i was a little shocked to hear bombing did not work, but now I know it does not work and I am so LOST.
Tell your hubby that if he spent the same amount or less on certain products that he could actually kill the bed bugs and not contaminate your entire home via the use of foggers.
This ain't rocket science, you simply need to put the bug juice where the bugs are. Anything less than that will not resolve your problem.
You do not need to tell him "I told you so!" You can tell him that Paul B. told him so ! ! !
Hope this helps ! paul b.
Paul, thanks I will! He seems to have bitten his tongue and said we can have a professional do it (not really sure where we are getting the funds or how much it's gonna cost) I posted a new topic regarding that subject!
If he is willing to do it himself, it can be done.
HOWEVER, it is a lot of work and attention to detail & thoroughness is important.
Paul, would love to do it ourselves and save some major money, just that we have so much stuff here it just seems so overwhelming to me - I don't even know how professionals do it.
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No offense, and I am sure he's a nice fellow, but I think the husband may not be willing to do the research necessary to succeed at self-treatment. If he is willing to have an experienced pro in, I would go with that. It's likely to be safer, faster, and more effective.
Also, re: "the bugs I call bed bugs"-- vermontbedbugs, have you had these bugs visually identified by someone who knows bed bugs? If not, someone here can ID a photo.
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