How Long Do I Stay Out After Bombing for Roaches?

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When a “bomb” or total release fogger is used inside a home to get rid of roaches or any other nuisance insect or pest, you are releasing a chemical that contains methoprene, permetrhin and pyrethrin into the air. These are pesticide chemicals also known as insecticides. The bomb will release spray until the bomb spraying container is empty. You can’t turn it off once it has been started. The air is filled with pesticide spray.

Read Label

  • The label on the product that you use should tell you how long you should remain out of your home after the bomb is used. You are usually required to be gone for four hours. The Environmental Protection Agency requires, as of September 30, 2011, that the specific time that a building should be vacated following the release of the bomb spray must be on the product’s label as a result of numerous exposure incidents associated with total release foggers. The new label requirements bolster the instructions concerning vacating the property. This information will be more prominent on the labels after September 30, 2011.

Outcomes

  • If you re-enter the building too soon, you are likely to get sick. If you come into contact with the bomb spray, it may make your skin and eyes burn and it may affect your breathing. Do not allow yourself to be exposed to the bomb fumes. Exposure to roach bombs can result in neurological problems and gastrointestinal-tract irritation as well as respiratory problems.

Flammable

  • The bomb or fogger can be flammable, resulting in an explosion or fire if not used correctly. Use the right amount for the area you are treating. Using too much roach bomb can result in sickness.

Remove Pets ...

  • Remove your pets from the premises before you use a bug bomb. Toys and food should be removed or covered so that the spray does not get on them. If you live in an apartment complex, notify the other residents that you are releasing a roach bomb.

Always Read the Label

  • Always read the label on a bomb spray before using it to determine how hazardous or toxic the product is and how you are supposed to use it. If the can is labeled with the word “dangerous,” you must be careful when using it. If the can says “warning,” this is a
    less potent signal word than “danger,” but it should still be paid attention to. The signal word "caution” indicates that a product can harm you but isn’t as harmful as products that are labeled “danger” or “warning.”

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