Do flea bombs work?

Ummm, no.

So tell me why!

Why aren’t these damn flea bombs working? Well, it’s all to do with the flea life-cycle.

The flea life-cycle

When we think of fleas, what immediately comes to mind are those little black critters that are great at jumping around and like to bite us. Unfortunately, those little buggers are only the adult fleas, they have another 3 stages to their life-cycle and this is why flea bombs don’t always work.

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How do flea bombs really work?

Check out the diagram. Letting off a flea bomb will kill the adults and the larvae but have no stopping power against the pupae and eggs. This means you’re only fixing 40% of the immediate problem…and…. what’s worse, there’s no on-going protection against fleas. Once the flea bomb fumes disappear, so does the killing power.

So the next thing you know it’s 2 weeks down the track and the surviving baby fleas have matured into adults and you’re getting bitten again and you let off more flea bombs and…..etc…..etc,and again you ask yourself, again….. do flea bombs work?

Dealing with a flea infestation, properly

If flea bombs don’t work, then you’re going to need a professional flea exterminator who will apply a flea treatment that will kill the adult fleas / pupae / larvae and (AND THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT) a growth regulator that will stop the hatching eggs developing into adults….. and these treatments will have a residual, so they’ll hang around and provide long lasting protection against future infestations.

p.s. Here’s another couple of quick tips that will help keep those fleas at bay;

  1. You can’t spot treat for fleas. Those eggs can be dropped anywhere so you need to make sure you treat the whole house rather than only the rooms you think are infested.
  2. If you’re moving into a place where the previous owners had pets, get a flea treatment before you move in. 

This was a quick overview on flea control, so if you have any questions regarding this article, please don’t hesitate to check out our website, call the team at Bug King on 0800 546454 for advice or to book flea exterminator.