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    Hi Guys,

    I have my puppy of 7 weeks and i want to 'Flea bomb' my room/place out the back. Directions for the 'Flea bomb' is close all windows/doors and seal any drafts for 2 hours and after 2 hrs, air the rooms for 30mins. In this time I want to take my puppy to my main house and let the bomb do its thing. My questions I am very curious to know is, (and may sound stupid) is there anything toxic, or chemical or any harm the bomb could leave to affect the puppy itself? Will this cause any health risks/nausea or any side effects to the puppy? This is basically me waiting for the bomb to do its thing, 2hrs+30mins+30mins then me entering the room with the pup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by omgbze View Post
    Hi Guys,

    I have my puppy of 7 weeks and i want to 'Flea bomb' my room/place out the back. Directions for the 'Flea bomb' is close all windows/doors and seal any drafts for 2 hours and after 2 hrs, air the rooms for 30mins. In this time I want to take my puppy to my main house and let the bomb do its thing. My questions I am very curious to know is, (and may sound stupid) is there anything toxic, or chemical or any harm the bomb could leave to affect the puppy itself? Will this cause any health risks/nausea or any side effects to the puppy? This is basically me waiting for the bomb to do its thing, 2hrs+30mins+30mins then me entering the room with the pup.
    You must leave the house whenever you use a flea bomb, even if you just did two rooms. Just doing one or two rooms will not work - you will still have fleas. At any rate, you cannot stay in the house at all.

    The chemicals in a bomb are toxic.

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    yes of course I will leave the house, as mentioned I have another house in the back, in otherwords I have 2 houses on the land, so me will bomb where I and the pup stay, then I go to the other house to stay safe away from the Flea bomb.

    I know the Flea bomb contains toxic chemicals, but will it affect the pup at 7 weeks after the bomb as been done and the room has been aired...?

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    there are so many better ways to get rid of fleas than to bomb the house. You will be cleaning for hours after the bomb is done to remove the toxic residue from everything. Best, non-toxic way to kill fleas... by yourself a big box of 20 mule team borax, sprinkle it all over your floors, let it sit for a couple hours and then vacuum it up. Also, I have read you can put out a plate of Dawn dish detergent under a lamp over night and fleas will jump into it and drown. Also, don't use flea shampoo or flea collars on your dog... if you need to give them a flea bath, just use dawn dish detergent. So much gentler on your pup, and no pesticides! good luck.

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    Is it just you and the puppy at the house? Or are there other animals present? Or an existing infestation from a previous dog? Unless there is more in this scenario than I'm seeing, I don't think you need a flea bomb. I just can''t see how a 7 week old puppy could create an infestation severe enough to warrant a flea bomb.

    I think your 3 hours would be better spent on a bit of elbow grease. Wash/vacuum all soft surfaces and empty your vacuum bag immediately, away from the house. Sprinkle some borax or diatomaceous earth around the places your puppy likes to sleep. Bathe your pup. I'm not sure if you can use Advantage on a pup that small, but it's been a godsend for me.

    Seriously, don't expose yourself and your puppy to strong pesticides if you don't need it. Flea bombs make sense for serious infestations, but not for routine flea treatment.

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    yes just me and the puppy in the house. I'm also assuming the fleas may be around cause it is summer time.
    puppy not creating an infestation, but i have grass and a tree hanging over on our side of the fence, and they sometimes bite me, and i get red and sore bites, worse then a mosquito bite.
    I have used revolution and so far no fleas visible on the puppy.

    sorry guys, what does this borax thing do?

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    From what I have been told. Borax will dehydrate the fleas and they die quickly. Boric acid is a main ingredient. I use it around my kennel areas outside too. Esp. during the summer months.

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    Is the borax toxic for the dogs? I mean if after I vacuum and by chance I miss some spots and my dog gets to it, will it be toxic?

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    [QUOTE=LittleMoonRabbit;204964]there are so many better ways to get rid of fleas than to bomb the house. You will be cleaning for hours after the bomb is done to remove the toxic residue from everything. Best, non-toxic way to kill fleas... by yourself a big box of 20 mule team borax, sprinkle it all over your floors, let it sit for a couple hours and then vacuum it up. Also, I have read you can put out a plate of Dawn dish detergent under a lamp over night and fleas will jump into it and drown. Also, don't use flea shampoo or flea collars on your dog... if you need to give them a flea bath, just use dawn dish detergent. So much gentler on your pup, and no pesticides! good luck.[/QUOTE

    won't dish detergent burn their skin? they have different skin than us. i'd ask a vet before i'd use dish detergent on a dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hsieh View Post
    won't dish detergent burn their skin? they have different skin than us. i'd ask a vet before i'd use dish detergent on a dog.
    BLUE Dawn is safe. They use it to clean sea birds that get oil on their feathers, and it can even be used on kittens. But only the blue Dawn. Don't use other colors or brands.

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    I have used dawn before and it worked ok. I also would stay away from the bomb, I would use sevens dust. It is not expensive and it is very safe. Bird breeders use it in nest boxes to keep ants out and I put it in my yard in the summertime if my dog starts picking up fleas. But, if your dog isn't having a lot of fleas on it you should be able to keep fleas from reproducing in your house by vacuuming frequently. You may also want to put your dog on comfortis. It is a once a month flea control that is really safe and very effective.
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