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Total-Release Foggers:

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What is it?

Total release foggers are commonly used to get rid of fleas, ticks, and roaches. Foggers may be used if your home becomes infested (full of), fleas, ticks, and roaches. How can your home get infested? Maybe you moved into an apartment and didn't know it already had lots of roaches. Or maybe some fleas jumped off your dog or cat while they were in the house. If you went away on vacation or hadn't vacuumed for a long while, their eggs hatched and produced more fleas! If you haven't heard the name "total release fogger," you have probably heard of this type of product being called "bombs" or "bug bombs."  Once foggers start releasing the spray they keep spraying until the container is empty. There is no way to turn it off. They work by "filling the air" with pesticide spray.  Because of the way foggers and "bombs" work, only an adult should use them. Remind your parents to always "Read the Label First" to know how to safely use these products.

What's in it?

The pesticide chemicals in foggers are pyrethrins, permethrin, and methoprene. These chemicals are known as insecticides.

What health and safety things do you need to think about with foggers or "bombs?"

For these products to do their job they need to be used in an enclosed area. That means all windows and doors for the room or house must be closed. Foggers send their fine mist everywhere, so it's not safe to stay in your house even when the doors are closed in the room where the fogger is being used. Mist can move from one room to another by seeping under doors and through air vents. So for everyone's safety, all people and animals must be out of the house when a fogger or "bug bomb" is being used.

Also, toys should be taken out of the room or put away. No food, plates, cups, silverware or things you cook with should be left out anywhere. The tops of tables and counters should be cleaned before you use bug bombs. After the fogger has finished doing its job, the house has to be aired out before people can spend time inside again. Open the windows and doors, and use fans to help air out the house faster.

If one of these products is being used in your home, be sure to ask your parents how long you have to stay out of the house. Another important thing to know is that fogger spray can be flammable. A fire or explosion can happen if they are not used according to the directions.

If you come in contact with fogger or "bug bomb” spray, you might have trouble breathing or feel a burning in your eyes and on your skin. How you are affected and how sick you might get depends on your exposure to the pesticide. So, it’s very important to make sure you don’t get exposed to fogger fumes!

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