Each spring here in CA, at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains, we get a black widow problem. They seem to come out of nowhere and take over the property. So, each spring, I bomb the garage (at the very least) for bugs and spiders. It is cheap and easy, and lasts the entire season.
Get a bug fogger (you can find them at hardware stores, Wal-Mart, Target, online, etc) and read the instructions on the can before you do anything. They are there for a reason. The instructions will state the bare minimum of what needs to be done, which is why I’m writing this article.
First, open up any cabinets, drawers, or other enclosures that you think might be infected with spider or bug activity during the season. This is so that the fogger can reach those areas. In my case, I also open all my toolboxes, just to be extra safe.
Then I find the spot where I want to set the fogger. Normally, you’d want to put it as close to the center of the room as possible. In my case, though, the spiders come in through the garage door area, so I place the fogger a little off-center toward the area I know is affected the most. I set the fogger on a metal shop stool covered in old towels and rags.
Following the instructions on the fogger, I depress the activation button all the way until I hear it click. When the poison is shooting into the air, I set the fogger back on the stool and leave the area immediately, making sure to close all doors tight.
The instructions on most foggers say to leave the area alone for at least two hours, but for maximum effectiveness I don’t go back in for at least twelve hours. Doing this allows the poison to really do its job and also keeps me safe.
When I go back into the garage, I take the fogger can to the trash. Then I go back in and inspect the area, closing up drawers and cabinets and toolboxes. Almost every time I do this, the floor of the garage is spotted with dead bugs that tried to get away from the poison. I sweep them up and throw them away and then knock down any spider webs I find.
I have done this same process three years in a row and each time, I’m bug-free in the garage until the next spring when, of course, I fog once more. As long as you follow the instructions and use common sense, bug bombing is a safe way to rid almost any enclosed area of bothersome pests.
If you fog inside a house, make sure all pets and food items are removed or otherwise out of harm’s way. The poison that shoots out of the can is nothing to be trifled with. I hope this article helps!