If you have ever talked to someone who has had to deal with an infestation of fleas, you know it's very hard to get rid of them. The reasons for this are fairly obvious. These little buggers are plenty small and multiply quickly. They are also something that is singular of purpose. They want to eat. Once they have gotten food, they move onto the other goal, which is to make as many copies of them as is possible. Most of the time, these things get into the house riding on a favorite pet. the thing that makes them so hard to deal with is that you don't even know they are in your house until they are out of control.
Your pet might look like they are just fighting a simple itch. You might even think they are just being bothered by their own fur being a certain way. It's not until you notice that fluffy and Fido are fighting an itch quite a lot of the time before you realize something is really up. Then you notice you and the kids have some weird little red welts on your legs and arms. Then on other parts of your body. It's usually not until this point that you will finally notice it appears there's some kind of tiny little bug crawling on yours. Then crawling on your furniture and bed. When fleas get to this point, washing the furniture and giving yourself and your pets a flea bath simply isn't going to get the job done.
The thing to keep in mind when you go this route is to make sure that you are prepping your house correctly so that once you pull the trigger on the flea bomb, you aren't going to be seeing a few survivors start the whole thing over again. If you have never done this kind of thing before, you can check out our steps here and you will know exactly how to flea bomb your apartment.
Figure out the square footage of your apartment
The first thing you are going to want to do is to figure out just how big your place is. These bombs come in a variety of different powers and you don't want to get a flea bomb that is meant for a smaller area. Should you do this, you are likely to not have enough saturation and you are going to have a better risk of having some of these little pests make it through. You don't want to get one geared for smaller areas because then you are going to have oversaturation and it might take longer to dissipate, or you'll have stuff doused in the bomb mixture.
Follow the instructions
Just like there are many kinds of different bombs that are going to handle different spaces and different rooms, there are also going to be different instructions depending on what kind of flea bomb you go with. You're going to want to make sure that whatever product you purchase, you do more than a cursory glance at the instructions. The instructions might tell you what preparations you need to make in your home. It might also tell you how long you are supposed to stay out of the way of the chemicals that are there to kill the fleas. Different bombs are going to have different potency levels and those potency levels are going to be important when you are talking about when it will be safe for you, and any pets you have, to breath the air in your house again.
You also want to make sure you know what you are doing as far as using the device so that everything goes off without a hitch. Some of these products are a kind of set it and get out kind of device.
Open all drawers and cabinet doors
One of the most important things to remember about using one of these devices is that you need to coat as many surfaces as possible. That means inside drawers and cabinets as well. If you don't, the fleas will be able to flock there and hide. At the very least, if the infestation has spread there, the bugs that are in those drawers and cabinets will be safe and when everything is over and done with, they'll be able to start spreading out yet again. By making sure you have opened every drawer and cabinet door, you are getting as much of every nook and cranny as you can of your home.
Cover your furniture and countertops, remove eating utensils
Before you set off the flea bomb, make sure surfaces where the chemical can pool are well covered. You'll also want to make sure to take anything that might be used to eat or touch food out of the apartment while the flea bomb is doing its work.
After the flea bomb has done what it was supposed to do, you're going to want to wipe surfaces down with a damp cloth in order to get rid of any residue. You'll also want to wash any clothes and coverings that were used on the furniture. For your family's sake, you don't want to have anything left over after you have killed all the fleas that have infested your house. Those chemicals can be bad news long after the flea bomb has stopped doing what it was supposed to do.