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Is it safe to use a flea fogger with a newborn in the house?

Asked by: AJayJay 23892 views Pest Control

I have an 8 week old baby and about 2 weeks ago we got a flea infestation. I’ve tried diatomaceous earth, vacuuming, carpet powder with an IGR (adams flea and tick with nylar), washing everything, flea traps and iv treated my yard and my pets.

My family is no longer getting flea bites and I’m still vacuuming all carpeted rooms 1-2 times daily and taking the canister outside to be emptied into a sealed bag immediately after. Our pets are now outside instead of coming in and out. HOWEVER if I don’t vacuum for a day and I walk around in white socks I’m still getting 3-5 fleas daily.

Our laundry room is tile and it’s where the outbreak started, I’ve steam mopped the floors and vaccuumed the baseboards and grout but even with this I still can’t walk though that room without finding 1-2 fleas on my socks. All the fleas I’m finding now are very small and black, so I’m assuming they’re freshly emerged pupea that have yet to feed.

Are flea foggers safe to use with a newborn baby in the house? Obviously I would follow directions and possibly keep him at a relatives house overnight. Does it sound like what I’m doing is working? Should I keep with what I’m doing now? Shouldn’t my flea problem be gone by now? It’s been 2 weeks, I know that the pupae in their cocoons are impossible to kill so are those what I’m dealing with now? Do I just have to ride this out?

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    Hey JayJay!

    Firstly, congrats on your newborn, you must be super proud 🙂

    Based on the description of your problem, I would definitely say that you have taken good steps to kill the adult fleas but now have to put a stop to the flea life cycle. I know that you have used a carpet powder but sometimes areas can be missed and the eggs, which are extremely small, stay lodged between your carpet fibers and other places in your home.

    If you have been using a water based vacuum cleaner, this usually is enough to get rid of the eggs but I recommend using a flea fogger as you suggested. It will not pose a risk to your baby if you keep it out the home for at least 12 hours (perhaps spend the day outdoors or with family) and then give all the surfaces and floors a good clean to remove any excess residue that may remain. I would also recommend taking all his/her clothes and other toys and keeping them in a cupboard before using the flea bomb. Also, as an added precaution, cover the cot or sleeping area with a blanket that you can wash afterwards.

    I hope that this helps, please feel free to ask any other questions and I will make some time to assist you with them! Good luck!

    Natasha Anderson - Jan 19, 2013 |

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    Thank you for your quick reply! I do not have a water based vacuum cleaner though the one I use is less than a month old. One area that seems to harbor fleas still is our bedroom, while I haven’t seen one in my bed in over a week I’m still seeing them in the bag after emptying the vacuum canister and if I don’t vacuum the carpet for a day I’ll find them on my socks. Our room is very small and we have a CA king size bed that takes up probably 85% of it. This WAS NOT an area that either my dog or cat slept or even frequented much since we didn’t allow either or them into the bedrooms so I’m guess that I tracked the fleas in from the laundry room. Obviously, vacuuming under my bed daily isn’t possible (I’ve been puffing DEing under there every few days hoping that will help), the clearance from floor to boxspring is a little over 16″ will a fogger reach underneath of it or will I need to treat this area separately with something else? If so can you recommend a product that would work well and be relatively easy to find at a grocery or drug store and reasonably priced? You mentioned cleaning the floors after bombing, how long should I wait to mop tile floors if I use a bomb with an IGR? doesn’t mopping immediately after kind of eliminate the whole point of using a fogger with an IGR or adultacide since any new adult fleas that might emerge won’t come into contact with the residue if I mop it up? Also, should I clean the carpets? While it will be many months before my son will be crawling around I also have a 5 year old and he often plays on the floor and I would hate for either of them to come into contact with that residue. We can’t afford to have them professionally steamed/cleaned so we would most likely rent a Rug Doctor but should I worry about carpets not drying well and becoming a breeding ground for fleas? I believe that our outbreak was relatively mild since I acted quickly (though not as quick as I should have), but even after bombing should I expect to still see fleas still until all the cocoons have hatched?

    AJayJay - Jan 21, 2013 |

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    Hey Jay!

    Its possible that the fleas used you as their transportation from other areas of your home, I have seen it before 😉 One way that you can kill them when you suck them up is by putting a flea collar in your vacuum bag, works really well!

    A flea fogger should reach this area but it might help to turn your bed on its side to expose as much of the carpet as possible. I would wait about a day or so, perhaps stay at family for a night. However these sort of recommendations will be at the back of the flea bomb/fogger, just follow the instructions carefully.

    No, if you use a flea bomb/fogger that has IGR, it will prevent all stages of fleas to stop growing and the actual chemical inside it will also kill the adult fleas. Acting quickly is always the best route. Also try and figure out where they came from (sometimes they invade from outside) so that you can proactively prevent the next outbreak.

    Cheers 🙂

    Natasha Anderson - Jan 24, 2013 |