At PEST UK we often get asked to ‘fumigate’ a house for fleas, cockroaches, bed bugs, flies, ants and other insect pests. People will often tell us that they have bought an insecticide smoke generator off the internet and ‘fumigated’ the house with this. This is not fumigation and these types of ‘smoke’ treatments are virtually useless for most insecticide treatments. Fumigation is carried out for termite control in semi tropical and tropical countries for Termites. A non permeable cover is put over the whole building and the fumigant is pumped in and everything is killed. Nothing in the UK is passed or suitable for domestic premises in the UK.
Smoke Insecticide Generators may be ok for flies and other flying insects that are free flying. They are not powerful or concentrated enough to kill a wasp nest. They are especially ineffective against bed bugs, fleas, cockroaches, ants or other crawling insect pests. The problem with this type of treatment is that they do not penetrate into carpets or in cracks and crevices where insects like to live and even if they do the insecticide is not residual so do not last any length of time which is essential for many types of insecticide treatments, especially fleas, bed bugs, ants, cockroaches and wasps.
Insecticide smoke generator treatments (or fumigation as this is sometimes called) looks very modern and is popular with lazy technicians as very little work is needed except for lighting wick. The application of insecticides may vary depending on the type of best being treated. The other disadvantage is that the treated areas are best left shut up for as long as possibe. The longer the house or building is closed the more effective the smoke generator (or fumigation) treatment will be. Another disadvantage is the smell that is sometimes left as the smoke penetrates curtains, furniture and clothes and of courser smoke/fire alarms have to be disabled.
If you have any insect problems then please contact PEST UK for a treatment at a reasonable price or free advice.
For advice or a pest control treatment please phone PEST UK on 0330 100 2811. Alec Minter