If you have a flea infestation, a flea fogger is a quick and efficient method of eliminating hatched and unborn fleas, as well as other pests. However, there are a few things you need to do before you can safely use a flea fogger, as well as a few things you should keep in mind.
First and foremost, a flea fogger is composed of toxic chemicals designed specifically for killing fleas and other insects. In enough quantities, these chemicals are lethal for humans, cats, dogs, birds, fish and other living creatures it is exposed to. These chemicals should be treated with care and caution.
Any brand of flea fogger makes use of condensed chemicals that douse a large amount of space in a short amount of time. Due to this spread of chemicals, you need to make certain that you cover any foods, surfaces and cooking equipment before fogging an area. Newspaper works well as a shield against the toxic dusts that a flea fogger spews into the room. You will need a chair in the center of the room you are planning to fog. It is strongly suggested that wax coated furniture and floors are protected, as the chemicals will destroy the wax and ruin the underlying material.
When you go to use a flea fogger, you need to close all of the windows, shut down any aquariums and air flow systems associated with the tank, as well as remove any pets. When you activate the fogger, it is vital that you point the chemicals away from your face. The fumes and dust that come from the fogger are toxic! When the fogger has been activated, you need to place it on the covered chair or stool for use in that room and leave the room immediately. Make certain the room is completely closed off and children or pets do not have access to it.
In addition to this, all cabinets and cupboards should be opened, with any dishes, cups and silverware covered or removed from the room.
How long a flea fogger needs to remain sealed in the room is dependent on the brand you use. Many brands require at least two hours to be effective. During this time, no one should enter the room, lights should be off, and pilot lights should be off. Air conditioning and heating units should also be turned off.
After the flea fogger has been left in the room for the prescribed amount of time, you will need to open all windows and allow the room to air out for at least thirty minutes before reoccupying the room. It is strongly recommended that all dishes that were in the room are washed to make certain none of the toxic chemicals have contaminated them.