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Fleas are pesky, annoying insects that live off the blood of other living creatures, mainly cats and dogs and humans. Fleas will leave red bite marks all that are extremely sore and itchy for both human and animal.  Fleas can be brought into your house by being carried on the fur of your pet. Your pet may have picked up the fleas from its adventures outdoors.  Nevertheless, you will need to eliminate the fleas that are in your home before they have a chance to reproduce and create a flea infestation. One of the most effective ways to do this is by using a flea fogger. Flea foggers work great because they work in killing the flea regardless of which stage of the flea life cycle it is in.

However, there are a few guidelines that you should follow when using a flea fogger.  The most important thing to realize is that a flea fogger contains chemical insecticides and, just as with most other chemicals, they can be harmful in large quantities or over-exposure.  This warning applies to both humans and pets. Be sure to carefully read all the instructions that come with the flea fogger.

One of the most important steps that you will need to take before using a flea fogger is ensure that your pets and children are safe by arranging for them to be out of the house for a few days. The next step that you will need to take is to prepare your home for the flea fogger by removing all open food items, covering up all cooking and kitchen utensils, as well as toothbrushes, hairbrushes, bath towels, face cloths and pillows. You can place plastic sheeting or newspapers around your home to protect from the dust after the flea fogger has settled in your home.  If you have furniture that has a wax coating, be aware that the flea fogger chemicals can cause damage to these surfaces, so make sure that you either remove them from your home or cover them up.  Check to make sure that every window and ventilation in your home is closed off and that you switch off all lights, fans, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, heaters and air conditioning units.

When using a flea fogger, be sure to wear a surgical mask to prevent you from inhaling the chemicals. The best way to use a flea fogger is to place it in the middle of the room and point it away from you and press or lift the tab to release the flea fogger chemicals.  Then quickly leave the room, closing the door behind you. Under normal conditions it will take approximately two to three hours to fumigate a 700 square foot room.

When the time is up, you can then reenter the room and open up all the windows and fans etc. You should then wash the floors with disinfectant and vacuum your carpets and upholstery. Remember to also wash all cooking utensils and your pet’s food bowls.

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