Bug Bomb Cleanup

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated March 23, 2009)

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If you have ever been faced with an insect infestation, then you know just how useful a tool bug bombs can be. That being said, this useful tool can be a huge frustration when it comes time to clean up what is left over. After all, the insecticide fog can—and does—get everywhere. Here are a few different methods to help clean up that nasty residue quickly.

  • Type of bomb. There is more than one type of bug bomb or fogger available for use. Some bug bombs are supposedly able to be used without worrying about any of the left-over residue. That being said, prior to using any bomb or fogger, make sure you pay special attention to the directions and follow them without fail. Prior to using any of the bug bombs, make sure you have covered anything that you may later ingest—this is a poison after all, and it's better to be safe than sorry.
  • Air out the house. Once you have waited the requisite amount of time before you reenter the house, the first thing that you need to do is let the house air out. Open a few windows on each floor of your home to allow extra air flow so that you can breath a little easier. Allow things to air out for roughly another hour as you continue to remove the residue from the other parts of the home.
  • Wipe everything down. Using a wash rag and warm soapy water, wash down every surface in your home. This means everything from your television to your bookshelves, your kitchen table to the counters. Everything needs to be washed or wiped down. This prevents accidental ingestion or prolonged contact to something that did just kill a bunch of living organisms, after all.
  • Wash. Everything that can be washed needs to be. Focus primarily on the rooms that are going to see the most traffic like the living room, kitchen, and any bedrooms that are currently in use. Wash all your plates, glasses, silverware, and anything else that you use to eat with that may have been exposed to the insecticide. Also wash the sheets, bedspreads, and curtains to make sure that you don't sleep in that junk.
  • Vacuum or mop. Finally, you need to either vacuum or mop the flooring of your home. Do this as many times as is necessary to remove all traces of the insecticide. On average, this is going to be three or four times. When mopping your floor, make sure that you use the proper cleaner, but for the most part warm soapy water will do the trick.

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2017-03-01 20:06:08

Shatoya

Can I clean my carpet after bombing


2017-01-15 17:43:49

justme23

Just to let you know, doing all of this will completely waste the intended use of the bomb. The bug bomb's intent is to kill bugs for 3-6 months after the bomb has been used. Wiping everything down that you come into contact with maybe ok, but washing it off the floor that has more deadly stuff on it already than bug bomb and the curtains (which bug are attracted to since its a window) limits the lasting affect of the bug bomb. If you have not solved the source of the infestation than you are just opening a revolving door.


2016-12-17 11:11:30

mary

I left my cupboards closed during flea fogging. Do I need to wash all of those dishes & utensils?


2016-11-11 15:53:07

Sarah

What about the mattresses, should they be covered or are they ok left exposed?


2016-11-11 09:33:13

allen@sharonparq.com

Diana: Yes, it could affect painting. It is always best to wipe down walls with a damp sponge after bombing.

-Allen


2016-11-11 05:09:03

Diana

Can you please tell me if the residue off the bomb would affect the ability to paint the walls? We sanded walls, let off bombs and now paint is getting pithy. Could this be the reason? Thanks


2016-09-21 08:14:27

Katie

Do I have to wash all the dishes that were left in the cupboards during the fogging?


2016-09-08 18:42:48

allen@sharonparq.com

It would not hurt, Bill. I would turn UNPLUG all electronics and either remove them or cover them completely.

-Allen


2016-09-08 18:22:39

bill niehaus

do electronics need to be cover like a flat screen tv?


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