Still Have Fleas After Bombing? (Here's What To Do)

Tom Gaffey
by Tom Gaffey

No one wants to discover pests in the home, let alone an infestation. What began as one or two flying bugs can quickly turn into a giant colony of unwanted guests. Flea infestations can be particularly terrible, as flea bites can be painful and long lasting. But what should you do what you bomb your house for fleas but you notice the fleas are still there?

If you notice there are still fleas after you use a flea bomb you should try cleaning the affected area with a steam cleaner. This will suck up fleas and kill the eggs with the heat. You can also try a stronger and more effective flea bomb. If you want a less toxic solution, you can try dish soap traps, baking soda and even diatomaceous earth.

Before you decide the best way to get rid of your flea problem, you should find out why your flea bomb didn’t work. There is a chance you may have used the wrong type of product. Perhaps you did not prep the space properly for the flea bomb. Either way, you should know how flea bombs work in order to ensure you use them to their full advantage.

How Do Flea Bombs Work?

Flea bombs are many homeowner’s go-to product to stop flea infestations. For one, they are cheap. These products are also readily available, and if used properly can be a quick and effective way to rid your home of these unwanted biting bugs.

Flea bombs come in an aerosol can. They should be placed in the center of a large room. In order for a flea bomb to work properly all ventilation should be cut off from the room. This means all fans and air conditioning should be shut off and windows should be shut.

Once you activate the flea bomb it starts releasing the toxins immediately, so you should leave the room. Once the flea bomb has run its course, the toxins should have made it to all the affected areas in the room. The poison will do its job for several days, and if it works properly, all fleas and eggs will die.

Safety Tip: Be sure to unplug all electrical devices, including refrigerators, as many flea bombs are flammable. Always read the instructions thoroughly before activating.

Five Reasons Flea Bombs Don’t Work

1. Your Flea Bomb Covered Limited Area

The design of your home might make it difficult for a flea bomb to work properly. Flea bombs can only cover a certain amount of space, so they may not be as effective in larger spaces.

You also may have an area with lots of coves and hallways, which can be difficult for the poison to reach thoroughly. You also may have placed the flea bomb in a poor location. If the device was positioned too close to a wall or a low ceiling it may not have been able to effectively spread throughout the home.

2. Fleas Move Fast And Seek Shelter Elsewhere

Fleas are ancient and very sneaky pests. Their main jobs are to bite and avoid detection. When a flea bomb is activated, a flea may notice it is getting poisoned, and will try to retreat.

If you have an older home, or a home with lots of cracks and hard to reach places, fleas may find a home there. Many flea bombs can not reach deep into narrow cracks. If you know you have this type of home, be sure to use a strong flea bomb that can reach these areas.

3. You Used A Low Toxicity Flea Bomb

One major concern people have when considering a flea bomb is toxicity. Flea bombs essentially fill a room in your poison, and this poison is left on all the room’s surfaces. It can be tempting to choose a less toxic flea bomb to limit the toxins in your home.

Be sure to research mild, or less toxic flea bombs to make sure what you chose is effective. There are many brands of flea bombs on the market. Some are very strong and highly effective, while others may only kill visible fleas and won’t even put a dent on flea eggs and hidden pests.

4. Your Flea Bomb Didn’t Kill The Flea Eggs

Check to see if your flea bomb is proven to kill flea eggs and pupae. Many flea bombs only guarantee they can kill the fleas themselves. If you have a more evolved problem then you will likely need a product that will kill the eggs as well.

If you can kill the eggs and the adults then you can break the breeding cycle and end your problem.

5. Your Pets Keep Bringing In More Fleas

Many flea infestations begin when fleas latch on to your beloved pets. Once indoors the fleas then make a more permanent home in your dwelling. The best way to ensure your pets don’t bring fleas into the home is to keep them on an anti-flea regimen.

There are collars, pills and other medications to keep your pets from getting fleas. Make sure you keep up with the medication schedule, as a lapse in medication can quickly lead to a flea issue inside your house.

Note: While some fleas are called “cat fleas,” it is possible for dogs and other pets to carry them. Be sure your furry friends have flea protection, no matter their species.

Make Sure You Clean Up After A Flea Bomb

It is very important to clean up after you activate a flea bomb in your home. The spray leaves a film on all hard surfaces. Be sure to wipe them all down once you have waited the appropriate amount of time after bombing.

Vacuuming is also important. Flea bombs start working very quickly. You will likely see dead flees very soon after bombing your home. It is important to vacuum up the dead and infected fleas to dispose of them. If you have access to a steam cleaner this is even better.

Steam cleaners use heat and moisture to deep clean carpets and upholstery. Not only will this help your house look cleaner, but it can have an added benefit. Fleas can not handle high temperatures. By steaming the carpets and furniture you can effectively kill hard to exterminate bugs, eggs and pupae.

Other Ways To Get Rid Of Fleas Without Using A Flea Bomb

Dish Soap Method

One of the most popular DIY flea trap methods involves two items everyone has in their home. You can simply combine dish soap and water in a small bowl, and this will act as a flea trap.

Place the soapy water bowl in an area you know to be a flea hotspot. Leave this bowl in the area for at least 24 hours. Fleas are nocturnal so there is a good chance you will trap the most fleas over the night.

Fleas constantly go in search for blood, and once they land in the soapy liquid they will instantly become trapped and eventually drown. Continue to empty and fill the bowl until you notice there are no more dead fleas.

Diatomaceous Earth

Using diatomaceous earth to get rid of pests is not a new concept. This substance is used to get rid of all sorts of bugs they hide in hard to reach places. Diatomaceous earth is also highly effective at killing fleas.

Diatomaceous earth normally comes in the form of fossilized shells or as diatoms, which are single-celled organisms. While it does not appear to be dangerous to the naked eye, it is very sharp, and can shred wings and other parts of fleas, which renders them dehydrated and useless.

Baking Soda And Salt

Baking soda and salt are two common household products that can be effective in the fight against fleas. Sprinkling equal parts baking soda and salt on a problem area can help rid you of your flea infestation.

Sprinkling this mixture on areas where there are pupae and eggs will dehydrate and kill them. This mixture will also help kill adult fleas. When baking soda and salt clings to fleas it will dry them out, and eventually kill them as well.

Steam Cleaning

As previously mentioned, steam cleaners are a great tool to use in the fight against flea infestations While simple vacuuming can help to a degree, steam cleaners can greatly reduce, and sometimes all-together eliminate, a flea presence.

When using a steam cleaner to clean up dead fleas and kill others, it is important to go slow. Make sure you cover every inch of carpet and upholstery in your home. It may be a good idea to go over the biggest trouble areas more than once. The heat from the steam not only cleans, but also kills fleas, pupae and even the eggs.

Sealing Up The Flea Problem

No one wants a flea bite, especially inside the home. If you discover you have fleas inside your home you will likely use a flea bomb to solve the problem. Sometimes flea bombs work great, but other times there are still fleas left after you use the flea bomb.

If there are still fleas after you use a flea bomb, there are several methods you can try. You can try using a stronger flea bomb, or use a steam cleaner to kill fleas that are hiding in hard-to-reach areas. You can also use less toxic methods, like dish soap traps, baking soda and salt and even diatomaceous earth.

Tom Gaffey
Tom Gaffey

Tom Gaffey is an expert writer who currently resides in Washington D.C. Tom has a passion for real estate and home improvement writing, as well as travel and lifestyle writing. He lived the last twelve years in Hawaii where he worked closely with luxury resorts and event planners, mastering his knowledge of aesthetics and luxury products. This is where he found his passion for home improvement and a keen interest in DIY projects. Currently, Tom resides in Washington D.C, and also working on his debut fiction novel.

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