Dont Use Flea Bombs or Foggers Until You Read This!

Summary: Flea bombs, sometimes called a flea fogger, have been used for years to effectively control fleas in homes throughout the world. However, using a flea bomb can put your family and pets at risk due to the chemical residue that remains after use and should only be used in extreme circumstances where there is a massive flea infestation. Unfortunately, foggers don’t usually reach all the places where fleas could be hiding and while it may be part of a complete flea removal solution, your pets still need to be treated separately and the the instructions need to be followed carefully to avoid complications.

Usually, if you have a bit of a flea problem, the best way to remedy the situation is to remove the fleas from your pets and to give your home a good vacuum. However, sometimes this is often not enough! If you are finding these pests everywhere and keep getting bitten by fleas on a daily basis, should you consider using a flea fogger, despite the potential dangers?

What Exactly Are They and How Do Flea Bombs Work?

Flea Bomb From Raid

A flea fogger is a small aerosol canister that contains insecticide. To use this flea product, simple release one of them in each regular sized room to kill the fleas. The five chemicals that are usually responsible for controlling the flea outbreak are Cypermethrin, Methroprene, Nylar, Permethrin and Tetramethrin. Depending on brand, your flea fogger could contain one or more of those active ingredients and since they can be potentially dangerous for pets and even yourself, please make sure you leave the house while bombing.

It’s important to note that foggers for fleas wont usually achieve a 100% removal rate for fleas in your home. However, I have found them very effective on empty houses that have carpeted floors (such as when a landlord is waiting for a home to be filled with new tenants). Since there is no furniture and other obstacles, the fogger mist usually reaches all areas in the house and the insecticide has some time to sit undisturbed on the floor, making sure that any survivors are eliminated. Since flea eggs are tiny and usually fall into the fibers in the carpet, this is actually an important step for these foggers to work properly.

So do flea bombs work? Yes, they are fairly effective for killing fleas but due to the toxins they release, I recommend only using them when the flea situation is very bad. There are also a few other problems like:

  1. They usually have difficulty reaching places under things like couches, which is often where the fleas are hiding.
  2. Based on my experience, they only get rid of about 80% of the fleas in your home. However, the survivors can usually be killed with 2-3 repeat treatments (1 per week is fine).
  3. Flea bombs will not kill the fleas on your pets! You also need to treat your dogs and get rid of the fleas on your cats as well otherwise you will be fighting a losing battle.

Please note that it’s also possible to purchase a “bug bomb”. This option promises to kill all sorts of insects in the home. However, if you are just having a flea problem, I recommend getting something that is only aimed that this task for maximum effect.

10 Flea Fogger Safety Warnings!

Since these devices essentially spray a flea poison all over your home, there are some health concerns that you need to know about to prevent any potential complications. I have put together a checklist for your easy reference:

  1. Flea Fogger Warnings Skull image Flea bombs must not be used on your pets and can cause sickness or death if they are exposed to the fumes!
  2. Electrical appliances (and lights) need to be turned off and covered as foggers are usually highly flammable! All gas ignition systems should also be turned off as this can pose a potential fire hazard. While I understand that blowing up the house will definitely get rid of the fleas, I don’t recommend it as a viable solution. ;)
  3. Only use a single flea bomb per room! Using too many will leave a large amount of chemical residue that can put your family and animals at risk.
  4. Be careful of using flea foggers if someone in the family has an asthma problem as sometimes it can cause an attack, even a couple days after the treatment has been completed.
  5. Never inhale the gas from the bomb. Since it contains insecticides that kill fleas, I am sure the reasons are fairly obvious. If you have any negative symptoms, always consult a medical practitioner immediately.
  6. Make sure all foodstuffs and other consumables (like fruit, etc.) are placed in a cupboard or taken out the house.
  7. Please make sure that all pets and people are out the house for at least 8 hours while bombing the house to ensure that you don’t risk anyone’s health. Remember that the poison can easily kill fish so make sure you cover their tank properly before fogging!
  8. Make sure you keep your face away from the canister when deploying it. Flea bombs usually spray the gas upwards (vertically) and serious damage can be done if this hits you square in the face.
  9. Never use the bombs inside closed cupboards or place them in an enclosed space.
  10. Birds are extremely sensitive to the toxins in the foggers. Even if your bird cages are outside the home, move them as far away as possible from the windows and doors.

How to Flea Bomb a House

Provided you understand the risks and take necessary steps to either eliminate or reduce them, flea bombs are good for controlling a big flea problem. In this section, let’s look at a 7 steps that need to be done in preparation and investigate what needs to be done after application.

7 Important Steps for Preparing To Fog the House:

  1. Image for Bombing Fleas Inside The HousVacuum the house. This ensures that the fleas are the most active before treatment and ensures a higher success rate for killing them. I also make a habit of hot washing my pet’s bedding (which is outside) to kill any fleas.
  2. Turn the electricity off on your distribution board. Alternatively, unplug everything in your home and turn the plug and light switches off. Make sure that your heaters, underfloor thermostats and aircons are offline. It’s extremely important to make sure your TV’s are off. If you have a larger, CRT screen, I recommend turning it off a couple hours before bombing the house as these can potentially store charge and contain static for some time.
  3. All toiletries should be stored away safely, unless of course you would like to brush your teeth with poison ;)
  4. Shut all the windows to keep the fog inside for as long as possible. You can even use household tape to seal up the windows if they don’t close properly.
  5. Movable household plants should be taken outside as the poison can damage them.
  6. Since fleas could take shelter in your cupboards, its helpful to selectively open certain doors during the treatment. However, be aware that the exposure to the flea insecticide may require the washing of additional clothes and other items.
  7. Read the back label instructions carefully! While these are the steps I usually take for using flea bombs in homes, there may be important differences for your product. To work out if the flea bomb will cover an entire room, simply multiply the width, breadth and height to give you the cubic area needed. My room is 7 feet wide, 11 feet long and 9 feet high so I would need a fogger that covers 693 cubic feet for it to be effective.

4 Important Steps for Actually Deploying the Fogger:

  1. Image of Newspaper Underneath Flea BombsLay a sheet of newspaper on the floor (in the middle of the room) and place one of the canisters on it. Don’t deploy the fogger until all of them are in place in other areas of the house.
  2. Ensure that you have completed all the steps in the preparation checklist above. It’s very important not to miss anything if you don’t want to have any complications.
  3. Shake the flea bomb well and starting from the furthest room the door, firmly push the top of each flea bomb to start the fogging process. I usually get each one of my family members to help me with this. Upon counting to three, we all deploy the canisters (in different rooms) and then run for the door, closing it behind us. If you have anyone that can help you with this process, this is definitely the recommended way to do it as it ensures you minimize the exposure to the fog before it wipes out the flea infestation in your home.
  4. Make sure you push the release valve properly (push it hard!) so that it clips, otherwise it will stop as soon as you release the pressure.

4 Things to Do After Bombing the House:

  1. Image for vacuuming dead fleas after bombingAfter the 8 hours, I recommend opening all the windows and doors and letting the place air out for an hour or so before bringing pets, etc. back inside. Once you have turned the power back on, you can also use your aircon and fans to speed up the process.
  2. Remember, some products require the chemical residue to remain on the carpets, etc. for at least a couple days! This ensures that all fleas are killed and makes sure that fleas in their earlier stages (larvae, etc.) do not escape your wrath. This is actually why I personally bomb the house just before I go on holiday with the family, giving the product plenty of time to do its job.
  3. Since flea bombs essentially coat your home with a layer of insecticide, it’s very important to clean thoroughly after treatment. I recommend using gloves while performing this work. Mopping the floors, wiping down the counters and cleaning up will ensure that there are no toxic residue remaining in your home. You also may need to wash various items that could have been exposed to the poisonous fog.
  4. Vacuum all your carpets. This time however, it’s mainly to remove any dead fleas, eggs and other nasty remnants of the flea infestation. You can also check out a few more home remedies to get rid of fleas in this popular community guide.

What Are Some of the Best Flea Foggers?

Image for Purchasing Flea Fog ProductsFirstly, I always recommend purchasing flea bombs from a verified, trusted outlet that will stand behind its product instead of just trying to push a quick sale. I have found that there are a number of cheap brands, usually sold at retail supermarkets that are generally low quality. While the choice is still yours, I recommend taking a quick look at some of the short flea fogger reviews below that I have personally put together for my readers. Provided its a legit website (such as Amazon), you can often get excellent discounts on bulk purchases but be careful of amazingly cheap prices for usually expensive products as they don’t contain the advertised ingredients which can cause all sorts of health risks and other problems. Please note that you may have slightly different experiences with these brands but here are a few that have really worked for me in the past.

Raid Flea Foggers – These are my preferred product due to the absence of CFCs (which damages the environment) and its quick killing power. Another upside is that it controls fleas for about 4 months (according to the label, a bit less in my experience) so it’s great for a long term solution, provided you are also keeping your animals free of fleas.

Zodiac Flea Bomb – While other products also contain IGR, this brand is extremely effective at preventing eggs/larvae, etc. from developing into adult fleas. I also like the fact that it doesn’t leave a horrible smell after treatment. This product also kills ticks which is great!

Hot Shot Flea Bombs – This product has been recommended by a number of readers as it kills a number of pests in addition to fleas. According to the label, it can eliminate lice, ticks and even bed bugs! The canisters also cover a larger area then others and while I haven’t personally used this one, feedback indicates that it works well!

In conclusion, flea bombs can be used as part of an effective flea management program. However, I only recommend them if you have a serious flea invasion. Remember to examine the instructions closely! Also remember that even the best flea fogger won’t do much unless you take the time to proactively keep fleas off your pets and out your home. As per usual, prevention is much better than a cure and I recommend taking every effort to keep them away by using spot on treatments, fleas combs and occasional inspection. You can also use diatomaceous earth for flea problems as a great natural solution. Fleas are much easier to kill when their numbers are low so it’s best to catch them as early as possible before their reproduction gains momentum. Thanks for reading and I invite you to share your comments below! :)

Natasha Anderson

Natasha Anderson

Hi there! My name is Natasha and I would like to thank you for reading this guide. If you have any concerns or would like to ask a question about this article, I encourage you to leave a comment below and I will provide a reliable answer within about 24 hours. Remember, all this information is provided at absolutely no cost and if you have enjoyed what you have read, please show your appreciation by sharing this post on your favorite social network below. I look forward to helping you!
Natasha Anderson
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Please note that the contents of this guide is for informational purposes only. If you would like to receive professional advice to diagnose a pest control related problem, please contact your local exterminator immediately.


  1. Rebekah Pease says:

    We currently have a flea problem and I feel like I might go crazy if we can’t get it under control. We have hired a professional exterminator called Terminix and they have sprayed for fleas twice but we still have found fleas under the couches. How do we get the fleas that are hiding under there? Also I have locked my poor cats in the garage because I don’t want them to spread fleas over other parts of the house that are not currently infested. Would it be better to let them in they are treated so the fleas can buy them and I or leave them in the garage where they won’t carry the pests around. Please help! I feel like I can’t go into half of my house!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Rebekah! If you are still finding fleas after having the house professionally treated, I recommend finding an alternate company for your next one as that is shocking. Anyways, here’s my recommendation. Take an entire Saturday to do this:

      1) Frontline your cats and keep them out the house for the day
      2) Use a flea bomb with an IGR (insect growth regulator, as described in this article)
      3) Rub Diatomaceous Earth (Food Grade) into your carpets and leave for 5 hours (have a dedicated article on this subject, check it out)
      4) Wipe all the surfaces, vacuum everything and bring the cats back in the house
      5) Share this post with all your friends ;)

      Hehe, hope that helps! Please feel free to ask me any more questions as I would be more then happy to help you further :)

  2. Ashley says:

    Hi Natasha!
    I bombed my house twice in the last two days. But I am very scared of going home for a few days cause I have a 3month old son. We took all his stiff and put it in the garage and coveted his dresser and our stuff as well. But when will it be safe for us to go home?
    Ashley :)

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Ashley! Most flea bombs have specific instructions on the back as to how long you need to wait before you can continue living in the same area where they were let off but it shouldn’t be longer then about 8-10 hours. I usually set them off in the morning and then spend the day out the home with family or friends. When I return home in the evening, I wipe down all the surfaces, etc. to make sure I remove residual chemicals that could be potentially dangerous. Good luck!

  3. Steph says:

    We have fleas and I am having a hard time with spraying chemicals in my house. What about the chemicals getting on furniture? Should they be removed?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Steph! I understand that you are concerned about the residue chemical, it also worries me sometimes. Thats why I sometimes recommend a couple natural choices for inside the house, namely DE and borax (check my articles on both these subjects). You wont need to get rid of your furniture, just follow the instructions on both those guides and you can even get rid of fleas without any expensive (or dangerous) treatment options. Good luck!

      • Denisse says:

        Hi Natasha, Thank you for your help. I feel so overwhelm with the flea situation, I feel I’m loosing my sanity. Right now I’m laying in my bed in tears, starving and freezing in fear of walking on my carpet and getting bit. I read about some other people getting their feet covered and don’t know how they’re coping. I started seeing the fleas in my beloved dog. Then I saw 2 in my bed, and a lot of bites on my ankles and legs. Now I saw 2 more in my couch downstairs. I treated my dog and my friend is watching her until I figure this out. I used a fogger in my room and hasn’t seen any more , but feel them on my skin and every little dark speck looks like it. Today while I vaccum all the borax from my couches, I saw another 2. I read from one of your replies that the foggers will not work on the couches? Is that right? What is DE and where do I get it. I’m worried that there are eggs ready to hatch.

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Denisse! Yes that’s correct, basically the fogger needs to be able to reach the fleas and if they are in your couches, that’s unlikely to happen. I have an article on DE, take a look at it and let me know if you have any questions afterwards, I will be happy to help you :)

  4. Laura says:

    My husband and I have tried foggers….they didn’t work at all and actually “pissed” the fleas off and when we went down in the basement a day later, we were attacked!!!! My animals are also both on Frontline, another waste of money. Seems as though the fleas are mutant and totally immune to the stuff. Capstar works, but it’s a quick remedy, not long lasting. Natasha, could you please email me back instead of communicating through the forums. I’d love your input and advice. I also commented on the other blog about my exterminator coming today. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    • Aimee Burrier says:

      Did you finally resolve the flea issue Laura? We have 2 cats and 2 dogs. They were also infested even after bombing, giving them 2 flea baths. And applying a flea agent like frontline. I found fleas on 2 of the pets the next day. Do I bomb again? Help me to please get rid of these annoying insects.

  5. Kristy says:

    Hi Natasha! I am so tired of these damn fleas! I work with animals at a shelter so I know I have probably contributed my share of cling ons but my two dogs and cat have had a continuing flea problem. They are all three on frontline and it does nothing! I bought some all natural flea powder for the carpets and left it on for 6 hours and them vacuumed every room in the house as well as giving all three animals capstar. I have recently begun fostering 2 week old kittens from work who I know for sure came into my home flea free. Now all three kittens are covered with fleas! I have set aside Monday to make sure everyone leaves the house and I have an appointment for the dogs to have flea treatments at a salon including capstars and a new dose of frontline. I have been researching bombs and products for the house and yard because I don’t want my clean animals to come home just to get more fleas. What products or method do you recommend for treating the house and yard? I am worried about chemicals because the kittens are so young and my dogs spend lots of time indoors. I read about a flea trap with a light that catches fleas. It had great reviews. Do you have any experience with it?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kristy! Sometimes fleas become immune (due to a number of reasons) to certain products, its happened to me before. Have you tried something like Advantage on your pets? I dont recommend using any serious insecticide with those little kittens as you mentioned. I suggest that you use dawn soap and water for the kittens, DE on your carpets daily for a couple days, borax outside (if its nice and dry) and Advantage on your dogs. As for the flea trap, it definitely works. I have written an article on this, check it out on this blog :)

  6. Brooke says:

    I had my house Professionally fogged and sprayed yesterday, and after 8 hours I came back home to find 2 live fleas on my bed! I called the company and they said I should find live fleas fro the next 7-10 days. What can I do to ensure I don’t have another infestation?! I put my dog on comfortis, but she’s 4 pounds– I don’t want her to get fleas again! Is this normal after professional spraying? I vacuumed after, but what else can I do? I live in an apartment– so Its small areas tog cover. Please HELP!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Brooke! Its unlikely that you will suddenly get a massive flea problem if you only have a couple at the moment. They take time to breed. However, at the time time, its important to get rid of them as soon as possible before they do start doing that. Anyways, chances are that the exterminating company didnt do a very good job, my recommendation is the use something like DE on your carpets after they treat the house. This is a natural way to kill fleas and you can find more information on it in a separate article on this blog. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  7. Andy says:

    I bombed my daughter’s house for her today, and just wanted to say thanks for the help from your well written web sight. I used it to make a detailed check list of preparations leading up to the bombs. Sure I read the long directions on the can/3 pack box, but the manufacturer is so worried about their own liability they end up writing like crap. Reading this helped a lot, gave me the confidence I needed to do this and feel like my grand kids wouldn’t get hurt by it. Went smooth and hopefully the results are worth it.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Andy! I am really happy that things went well and I appreciate your kind words. I am sure that the Bug Squad community will also appreciate your comment :) Hope to see you back again soon, have a good one and enjoy your flea free home ;)

  8. Jen says:

    We have been treating our dog and two cats with the spot on treatment but cannot seem to get rid of the fleas on them. We have carpeting in 2 rooms and hardwood in the others. We do not see fleas anywhere but on the dog (despite treating and bathing regularly.) we are considering bombing the house but afraid the bombing wont be successful because the dog is still carrying fleas. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jen! You should definitely get rid of the fleas on your dog before bombing the house. I recommend that you try an alternative spot on product, not because the one you are using is incorrect but sometimes fleas can become immune to certain treatments and this change is necessary. I have personally used Frontline and Advantage and they work very well. Alternatively, check out my article on dog fleas as this will give you a number of options, including a few natural ones that you can use right away. Good luck!

  9. Lollie Hoxie says:

    Thank you for your concise article. Very helpful.
    We have fleas in the basement. When we first went down there, after some nasty tenants left, our legs were covered with fleas! Yuk!! So, I bombed it with Raid product and didn’t go back down for a couple of weeks. Today I went down, confident that the fleas were gone and, yuk, again, my legs were covered with fleas when I came back up. I immediately spray my legs with a solution of dish soap, vinegar and water that I use to kill all bugs. It breaks down the ektoskeleton and drowns ‘em.
    How the heck can I get the basement flea-free?
    Is it because I didn’t repeat the bomb??? What are they living on down there? Mice? Yikes. Please help!!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Lollie, its a pleasure! You may find the RAID product didnt contain an insect growth regulator so it didnt stop flea eggs from hatching, thus causing a repeat infestation. However, as far as I can remember, most RAID products do contain this, please check for me and let me know. My recommendation is that you utilize some DE (not at the same time as you bomb though). Its safe, cheap and really works. Give it a try and keep me updated :)

  10. amanda says:

    What would you recommend cleaning up the surfaces with after setting entirely too much fogger in an apartment. I plan to wash everything and soak my children’s toys and wipe down every surface. I usually clean with a vinegar and water solution. I just don’t know what would be most effective to get the pesticides off everything.
    Thank you.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Amanda! Just a regular surface cleaner and a decent cloth will do the job. I also recommend getting a lemon based one as this will help with the cleaning process. Keep in mind that it would be preferable to wipe all the surfaces at least twice (all of them) to make sure that the pesticides are gone. Good luck!

  11. C.J. Lyford says:

    We have fleas in the basement only. Is it safe to leave my cats on the first and second floors of our house while we are using the fogger in the basement? We have 9 cats so removing them completely from the house will be difficult. Thanks.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey CJ! Yes this will be fine, just make sure that your cats don’t sneak into the basement during or straight after the treatment. Let me know how it goes and I will help you where I can :)

  12. Rhonda says:

    Our cat has fleas. Her body was infested with hard black things. Without knowing what this was we took her to the vet right away. We were suprised to hear what this was. We apply frontline faithly. She is an indoor cat and only goes out once a month to get her nails cut. I hold her when this is done so she has minimum exposure to the groomer. Our vet gave us different drops for her. She told us to buy spray for the carpet and furniture. We have been doing this one room at a time along with vacuuming for 2 weeks. The fleas are getting fewer on our cat. We get a few fleas everyday that jump on us. Our vet said this process could take 2 to 3 months to get rid of them. We want them gone now. Do you recommend we continue this process or use flea bombs?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Rhonda! With all due respect to your vet, if approached properly, a flea infestation will never take that long to eliminate. Anyways, you will need to get rid of the fleas in your home and on your cat at around the same time. While I could go through the entire process here, please do me a favor and check my article on cat flea removal (on this blog) and then review my guide on using diatomaceous earth (also on this website) for killing the fleas in your home. If you have any questions, please let me know and I will help you through the entire process :)

  13. Cathy says:

    Is it possible to leave our cats in the basement while we bomb the upstairs, then switch them upstairs while we bomb the basement? We have four, and the battle is going to take a very long time… Also, if I use Zodiac flea and tick spray, do I also need to give my cats a bath? They really hate water!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Cathy! Yes, you can definitely do that. However, I recommend waiting a day or so between the switches, just to make sure that there is less toxic residue around. If you want to give you cats a bath, do it before you use the flea and tick spray otherwise it will not be effective. However, it shouldn’t be necessary. Good luck!

  14. Shauna says:

    Last week we were at a friends house and they had been dog sitting. Just two days ago we got a call and they told us that the dog had fleas. We haven’t seen any fleas (maybe because we have no idea what they look like) but the past two nights I have gotten multiple bites on my lower legs and so has my boyfriend. Today we used a Raid bug bomb and hopefully it helps. I’m still feel like I am getting bit and I think that I may have seen one tonight after we had washed and cleaned everything. I just don’t know. Do you think that 1 week is enough time for them to have infested my house?

    Also, 3 days ago we had been in the corn field behind our house and heard that you can get fleas that way. Is that true?

    Thank you!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Shauna! Fleas can multiply fast but not significantly in that short time period, especially if there were only a few of them to start with. Its possible to get fleas from outside so just take precautions when coming back inside after being in those potentially problematic areas. Its been a little while (sorry about my delayed response), how are things looking at the moment?

  15. Jacqueline says:

    I think I have a flea infestation and I think they’re in my hair!! My scalp has been itching;I recently found my dog with fleas again…Yes…again. Tried dawn on her, didnt see her scratch for a few days and then I I found some more. Bought frontline, and it didnt work. I’ve been cleaning and vacuuming but no resolve. I will definitely buy the foggers, treat my dog, but what do I put in my hair? I’m so grossed out; I don’t see any bugs, but it’s intense itching with small bites on my neck. Trying not to scratch. Ugh, help me please!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jacqueline! Its very unlikely that your itchy scalp is from fleas so don’t stress about that :) Sounds like a good plan, follow it through and if you are still having a problem with fleas, please let me know. As for the actual bite marks (not just the itchy scalp), I recommend that you take a look at my “flea bite” and “bed bug bites” articles for a detail comparison before we work out a plan of attack. Good luck!

  16. Abbi Busby says:

    Hi! I am dealing with a flea infestation for the first time and I am petrified! I have treated our dog with trifexis (as well as another fast acting killer due to her severe infestation) and the cats with revolution…they have since been left outside. I have all hardwoods and one area rug. I’ve been vacuuming daily and have mopped everything with a bleach solution, have cleaned out all closets, wiped down all baseboards and have shop vac’d everything that I possibly can. In the meantime, I have been taking all washable items to my basement and seemed to have caused a MASSIVE flea problem downstairs. I was getting ready to bomb and spray a liquid solution upstairs/outside and then start to bring the clean laundry back up but now I’m not sure what to do!?! I am about to come unglued and my five kiddos are extremely worried about this issue.
    One more thing, my upstairs is very neat and tidy as opposed to my basement being storage and is also under major remodel…do I treat upstairs THEN the basement? And do I need to completely clean out the basement before treatment? It is all concrete flooring. I just need some advice, please!! Thanks so much :)

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Abbi! Your plan of attack sounds good, I recommend that you follow it through! Here are some tips to help you though:

      1) Use a flea bomb in the basement, it wont matter about the chemical residue and will work really well since its mainly for storage.
      2) Try and use DE upstairs. Its cheap and I have a guide on how to use it effectively on this blog.
      3) If you still have fleas after a week or so, drop me a message and I will help you personally :)

      Good luck!

  17. Natalie says:

    Hi Natasha,

    I just moved into a house and one of my roommates has a cat that is COVERED in fleas. : ( She has been giving the cat baths with flea shampoo and using a flea comb daily to try and get rid of the fleas and we have both been cleaning the house thoroughly at least twice a week, vacuuming, mopping, etc. and using a peppermint/clove spray throughout the house and entryways, but the darn fleas just won’t go away and we have finally come to the realization that we have to bomb. Only the bedrooms have carpet, but we both have extremely heavy beds that we cannot move, but there is a good 5 inches of space under them… I’m worried that the flea eggs could be under them and that the fog won’t reach… any suggestions on how to deal with that? Also, the rest of the house has the original hardwood floors, so there are cracks and crevices in them and I’ve read that eggs can fall into these, will the flea bomb kill whatever is inside these cracks? We are also planning on having the cat professionally groomed and/or possibly dipped while we bomb the house, we are thinking doing it at the same time will be effective (along with changing his flea medicine.)

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Natalie! I recommend putting some Diatomaceous Earth (food grade, very cheap and completely safe) under the bed. You can actually leave it there for a couple days if you like, it kills all sorts of pests. Vacuum it up when you are done with it. The flea bomb should reach all those areas, just make sure you get one that mentions something about preventing the flea life cycle (stops the eggs from hatching) and you will be good to go. Keep me updated :)

  18. Kristin says:

    My dog was treated for fleas Monday, found 2 live ones since then on him. I have been going crazy. I haven’t seen any in the house so far. But I am still freaking out. Should I bomb the house? So far I have used borax on the carpets! Should I call an exterminator?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kristin! If you have only found a few fleas here and there, its not really worth your while to bomb the house. Don’t get me wrong, you can if you want but perhaps rather consider a little DE treatment on your carpets (check my DE article on this) as it will kill off any remaining fleas naturally. Hope that helps!

  19. Kit says:

    HI Natasha. I think it is the first time I met the flea since I found out my ankle got bites then got more and more (like a new one in a new position) I dont know if the itchy swollen rashes were allergic or flea bite. I was so freaked out then went to the doctor, she just gave me ointment and said she didnt know as well… but i think i got more even i changed my linen all the clothes i’ve worn recently(not the winter jackets tho). Also i’ve vacuumed my room few days ago and i think it started from last week. Since i live in other people’s house but only me got bitten… The most important thing is I really dont want to use the flea bomb if it’s not necessary. I wonder if my situation severe enough to use it or not?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kit! I suggest that you take some time to examine your surroundings for actual signs of fleas before putting any flea removal process into action. A quick way to determine if you have fleas around the home is to use my modified version of a flea trap, check it out under the flea category of this blog. Let me know after you have read it :)

  20. Jimmy says:

    Thank you , just the info I needed.. Verry, Verry good. Thanks again. Jimmy

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jimmy! Thanks for your kind words, its comments like these that keep me motivated! Have a good one!

  21. bony says:

    I just moved into my apartment 2 months ago. I have no pets. My son is getting bit on a regular basis and I have seen no bugs in my apartment. I am sure they are not bed bugs. My guess is fleas! I have covered my carpets in borax and let it sit for two days before I vacuumed, bit still he is getting bitten. I bought a new shark vacuum and vacuumed the entire house today. I also sprinkled more borax along the edges of the carpet today. I sprayed flea spray around the base of all my furniture. My son just got bit again! I am a single parent who can’t afford and exterminator. I’m losing my mind! Please help me find it.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Bony! Its possible that he is experiencing these bite marks from mites. Regardless, I recommend that you give all his linen a hot wash. When the clean linen is done, use DE on the carpets and see if the problem disappears. If it doesn’t, please let me know and we can explore different options :)

  22. Teresa says:

    I was watching my parents dogs recently and they got fleas. We treated both dogs and I have used a flea spray on the carpets and furniture and have vacuumed. The dogs are now gone and even though I have only been bit once, my boyfriend and roommate have a ton of bite marks and we saw another one today. I do not know what to do. Should I invest in a fogger? I have a fairly large house and I don’t have a lot of money so I can’t invest in an exterminator. I really am at a loss for what I should do. I do not own pets of my own so I never thought I would have to worry about fleas. Thank you!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Teresa! A fogger will work nicely, just make sure it has something that stops the flea growth cycle. This will stop the flea eggs from hatching, thus preventing another potential flea infestation. Hope that helps :)

  23. India says:

    Hello Natasha! I have a few concerns with using a fogger in a 1 bedroom apartment.. but my cat and dog have fleas and it doesn’t seem to be getting an better. I’ve given the dog multiple flea baths and have sprayed the cat with some “flea treatment”. Every night I find fleas crawling on the dog and my poor cat has flea excrement all in his fur! I am on a very tight budget and no sure with what to do with the animals (since no one I know is willing to take them) while I treat the apartment. Please help!!!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Heya! Since you are on a tight budget, I recommend that you use dawn soap and warm water on your dog and cat (give them a good scrub, they probably will hate you for a couple hours but it really works). Straight after this, use borax or DE on your carpets and around your home for a natural and affordable way to kill any fleas that may be hiding there. Good luck!

  24. Cathy says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you have ever had any one tell you that their flea fogger mal-functioned? I was setting them off in our house the and last one shot out the side of the can and into my face. i have been struggling since with breathing problems and pnemonia and doctor visits. We used the Hot Shot brand. I am most concerned about lasting health problems, do you know anything about this?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Cathy! I actually haven’t, that is not good at all :( I recommend that you go and see a specialist if you are suffering like that, it shouldn’t be long term but since these foggers contain chemicals its better to be safe then sorry. Keep me updated!

  25. Dalal says:

    Hello natasha!
    I recently noticed that my cat had flea on him, i treated the cat and sent him to my brother’s house, but i still see the fleas around the house! I vacuumed the entire house and the couches, i washed my bedsheets and put them in the drier for 30 minutes as well to make sure all fleas are killed. Should i get a flea bomb too? Im very worried.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Dalal! While a flea bomb may do the trick, I recommend that you first try a couple alternatives. Firstly, make yourself a flea trap by following the guide on this site. If you find any dead fleas in it, use some DE to kill them on your carpets and around the house. Lastly, before you bring the cat back, make sure you apply a decent spot on treatment and you will definitely be free of fleas. Good luck!

  26. Janetta says:

    I have fleas only in one bedroom in my house. Can I just use a flea bomb in that one room? Can I shut the door and put a blanket to cover the gap underneath the door?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Janetta! Absolutely, just make sure that you wipe everything down afterwards as it will leave a chemical residue on surfaces. Also, make sure that you unplug and cover any electrical appliances and follow the instructions on the back of your flea fogger product. Good luck!

  27. Lloyd says:

    I recently had surgery on my shoulder and have been sleeping on the couch to make sure my wife doesn’t hit me during the night. Ever since sleeping on the couch, i’ve been waking up with loads of flea bites! Our dog (who hardly ever comes inside) had fleas about 3 months ago but we treated him, gave him tablets, washed him with flea shampoo and put on a flea collar. I haven’t seen any fleas on him since. The couch i’m sleeping on I actually got from my sister a couple of months ago and she had a cat that i’m pretty sure had fleas. I’m guessing it was the couch that brought the fleas into the house. Either way, i’m sick of being bitten while I sleep and i’m about ready to burn the house down! Its a very old house and there is no carpet at all (apart from the one we just bought) in any of the rooms. The whole house has jarrah floorboards. My wife and I got some flea bombs the other day but i’m not sure how they work or even if they will work! If it is the couches that are infested, will a flea bomb be enough to kill them? I just don’t see how it will get under the couch, over all the cushions, etc. even if I move them all off the couch. I though about getting a professional in to treat the house but as I am recovering from surgery, money is very tight at the moment. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Lloyd! Highly unlikely that a flea bomb will kill those guys inside your couch. I recommend using some DE (check my article on this). Its really cheap so it will be perfect for your situation. Good luck!

  28. Ella Marie says:

    Hi Natasha,
    I’ve had a professional bug bomber treat my house. He said he soaked our guest room mattress and futon mattress with the solution. Do we need to get rid of the mattress? I’m planning on putting a claim against our landlord for allowing us to move in a flea infested house. Thank you in advance for the time.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Ella! If he treated your matress safely, that shouldn’t be necessary. Its a pleasure, glad you took the time to stop by and leave a comment :)

  29. Hailey says:

    Hi there! I am probably going to go out tonight to buy a flea bomb after reading your article. I, like many of the people who have commented here, am just so frustrated with these pests! I had been using a cheaper version of flea and tick prevention for my indoor outdoor kitty and it obviously didn’t do its job… I live with two other housemates and luckily it seems to be only my room that is so badly infested (kitty sleeps with me after all, also I was keeping her food and water in my room and her litter box in my bathroom.) At first I just noticed one or two fleas on my cat, but that soon escalate to findings them on my ankles every day! The entire house is wood floor, only one 7×4 ft rug in my room but that seems to be where they are multiplying. I borrowed a product from my mom called “rx for fleas plus fleabusters”. I worked it into the carpet and sprinkled it around all the baseboards in my room. Also, have kicked the cat outsid for the past few days and she will remain there until Thea dvantage plus comes in the mail!
    Is it safe to set a flea bomb off in JUST my room, while my housemates are home?
    Thanks in advance for your feedback!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Hailey! I don’t recommend it unless your room is quite a way from any of your housemates living areas. I recommend just doing it on a Saturday morning and then you guys can all spend the day out doing something fun and when you get back, it will have done the job. Its a pleasure, hope this helps!

  30. Lani says:

    Help! New to California and my dog keeps getting fleas! My cat had them but he seems to be better once I’ve been giving them littlecitydogs pills. But the dog no. Frontline didn’t work. I was told not to use DE because it’s bad for cats breathing. I won’t use a digger as I have nowhere to being the cat for a day. Help!! I keep getting bites.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Lani! I suggest you use DE on the floor and wash your dog using warm water and lemon based dish washing liquid (1-2x per month, don’t do it too frequently). This is extremely effective, hope that helps!

  31. krissy says:

    Hello, we have two dogs and they have fleas like crazy! The whole house is carpet which doesn’t help but we have a dirt basement which I think isn’t helping either. We have done the bathing and drops we have vaccumed many times, we have done flea bombs, we have tired basically everything and it doesn’t seem to help! They are in our couches, room, carpet, they are litteraly everywhere. HELP please! We don’t know what to do. This has been a problem for a while now, we are now purchasing our first home and we don’t want to bring them with us! We need to get rid of them NOW. Suggestions?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Since you are moving, just make sure that you hot wash all your material/etc. based belongings and send your animals to a professional to ensure that all the fleas are killed. As long as you are methodical, you shouldn’t bring your problem with you to your new house.

  32. Emily says:

    We live in an apartment. Will the fogger go to the neighbors apartments? Also can I do one room at a time in our apartment? So that way we don’t have to leave for 8 hours?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Emily! If you keep the windows shut and follow the instructions on the bottle, you will be fine. I highly recommend doing the entire apartment at once, it will not be as effective if you do it like that.

  33. Emma says:

    Hi, I just bombed my place today but I forgot to switch my fridge off. Same with my dishwasher. Will everything be ok? I’m a bit worried…

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Emma! It should be fine, just make sure that you switch off all electronics, etc. in future. Basically just unplug everything, just to be extra safe. Did the bomb solve your flea problem?

  34. Tanya says:

    Hi, would i be able to set off a flea bomb under the floor boards ?

    Thank you for this useful post :)

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey! If you leave the house, unplug electrics and follow all the steps on the flea bomb, I don’t see why not hehe. Good luck!

  35. vanessa collazo says:

    Hey need help mother of four one of them just 7 months old we bombed the house 2 weeks ago and this week I stood at my mother’s house my husband bombed and sprayed the house we gave the pets away because it seems our 6 yr old is allergic to flea bites and got a really bad reaction to it we done all that me can even used everything you wrote on your page and they still jumping on us is driving me crazy that I feel like taking my kids out our home please help

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Vanessa! Sorry you are still struggling :( I highly recommend using DE (it will be save on your 6yr old) and using a flea trap. I have articles on both of these subjects, please check them out :)

  36. i wana be a flea killer says:

    Hi Natasha,
    Thanks for taking some time out to read this.I need some advice about 4 months ago a friend of mine gave me and my family a Chihuahua that had fleas. we eventually also gave the Chihuahua away due to this problem. At first me and my family started getting bitten by large adult fleas. but thought it was nothing more then just a few so we purchased a bedbug and flea spray which did not work at all. we then tried Dawn dishwashing liquid/water in a bowl which caught more than 15 in each new bowl we made. I feel as this is out of control now. we have now purchased “foggers” but I am doubting it will work because I have heard of cases where the fleas became immune. do you have any ideas on how to get rid of them for good? we truly need some help we haven’t been able to to get a full nights sleep since this started occurring. Plz help thanks again for taking time out to read this .

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey! Since it sounds fairly severe, I recommend getting a pro in to help you out. I can organize some free quotes if you like, let me know. Otherwise, give the fogger a try (make sure you read the instructions) and take some time to read through some of my other flea articles (such as the one about the trap) as I feel they they will help you. Good luck!

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