How to use a bug bomb (total release fogger) safely la gas prices 2016

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When it comes to pesticides, the label is the law. Just as the pesticide manufacturers are required to include certain information on their product labels, you are required to read it and follow all directions correctly. Understand the risks of the pesticides you are using by reading carefully all label sections beginning with Danger, Poison, Warning, or Caution. Follow instructions for use, and calculate how much pesticide you need based on the package directions.

Most foggers are intended to treat a specific number of square feet; using a large bug bomb in a small space can increase health risks. In addition, most foggers have information about how long to wait before returning (typically two to four hours).

Contrary to popular belief, more is not better in this case. Manufacturers test their bug bomb products to determine the safest and most effective number to use per square foot of living space. If you use more than the specified number of bug bombs, you only increase the health and safety risks that come with using them. You won’t kill any more bugs.

Young children tend to put toys in their mouths, so it’s best to seal toys inside garbage bags or put them in toy boxes or drawers where they won’t be exposed to the pesticides. You might also want to cover sofas, chairs, and other upholstered furniture that can’t be wiped down.

Condos and apartment buildings usually share common ventilation systems or have cracks and crevices between units. If you live in close quarters, make sure to let your neighbors know when you are using any airborne pesticide product, and ask them to turn off any ignition sources (stove and dryer pilots, for example) in their units. Your neighbors may prefer to cover their adjacent ductwork, too.

This step goes especially for appliances that may cycle on and off. You would be amazed by how many people forget this important point. The aerosol propellants used in bug bomb products are highly flammable. A gas flame or ill-timed spark from an appliance can easily ignite the propellant. Always turn off all pilot lights, and take the extra precaution of unplugging refrigerators and air conditioners. And just to be extra safe, place the bug bombs a minimum of 6 feet from any potential source of a spark.

Silly (and obvious) as this may sound, a good number of reported incidents occurred because the user was "unable to vacate prior to discharge" of the bug bomb. In fact, a CDC study on bug bomb safety showed a full 35 percent of reported health issues occurred because the bug bomb user failed to leave the area after activating the fogger.

For most bug bomb products, you need to vacate the premises for several hours during and after its use. Do not, under any circumstances, return to the property early. You risk serious health issues, including respiratory and gastrointestinal ailments, if you occupy the home prematurely. Go to the movies, have some dinner, take a walk in the park, but don’t re-enter until it is safe, according to the time on the product label.

After re-entering, wipe down any surfaces where food is prepared, or that pets or people may touch with their mouths. Clean all counters and other surfaces where you prepare food thoroughly. If you left pet dishes out and uncovered, wash them. If you have infants or toddlers who spend lots of time on the floor, be sure to mop. If you left your toothbrushes out, replace them with new ones.

Children are particularly susceptible to the effects of airborne chemicals, and you shouldn’t risk an accidental discharge of pesticides by a curious child. Like all hazardous chemicals, bug bombs should be stored in a childproof cabinet or other inaccessible, locked location. If You Are Exposed to a Bug Bomb

While most people understand that they should leave the house after setting off a bug bomb, there are quite a few reasons why someone might be exposed to pesticide-containing fog. According to the CDC, the most common reasons are related to:

If you’re exposed to pesticide from a bug bomb, you may experience nausea, shortness of breath, dizziness, leg cramps, burning eyes, coughing, or wheezing. These symptoms may be mild or severe; they are, of course, most dangerous among very young children and people who are allergic to the pesticide. If you do experience symptoms, visit the emergency room to avoid complications. You’ll also want to ventilate your home and clean all surfaces carefully.