I'd like to clobber the insects in our garage. I did this several years
ago with some bug bombs, and it worked pretty well; however, I was a
bit concerned about the pilot light in the water heater, which I
suddenly realized was on. I proceeded to open all the garage doors, and
remove the bomb. In the next few days, I did find quite a few bugs who
had crawled out from areas near the walls to die.
Aside from the pilot light notion, one needs to either remove stuff from
the garage or cover it. That can take a bit of doing.
It occurred to me that since most bugs seem close to the floor why not
get some sort of hose that has some fogging repellent that one could
disperse along the floor, and between objects close to floor. A check at
the local h/w store found none. Comments?
Do you remember Shell No-Pest Strips (vapona) from the 60's and 70's?
They are back, but a different brand now. I can't remember what the
brand is, but the strips are unmistakable; you can probably find them at
a good hardware or farm supply store. I used one last year to get rid
of a moth and bug infestation in the loft where my teenage daughter had
been living. (boxes of cereal etc left behind furniture, etc)
You might need 2 of 'em in a garage because they are generally not
sealed very well.
I would never use bug bombs from the perspective of being explosive, but
also from the perspective of getting poison on everything. Buy some good
poison, and use it according to directions. If you have that big of an
infestation, you are either providing a lot of food, or are just in an area
where there are a lot of those particular bugs present. The only way you
can eradicate them is to put so much poison on there that it becomes
hazardous to pets, humans, children, and passing school buses. Go with the
lighter approach, unless you want the scorched earth scenario. No bugs, but
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Mythbusters did a segment on explosive bug-bombs. They set off about a
zillion of them in a house and tried to ignite them with fuses. Nothing.
Then they tried two zillion. Nothing. Finally, in disgust, they dynamited
Probably made a fortune selling bug-free, used, building materials.
If you want to test this yourself by sacrificing one bomb, it should be a
simple experiement to set up.
Memory is a funny thing. Someone posted the youtube link to that
segment. They got a small 'explosion' on the first go around with
11 bombs as the urban legend stated- then added more so they could
break some glass. No dynamite in the 11 minutes on youtube.
Funny, an explosion was one of the OP's original concerns. Remember the OP?
No? sigh ..........
Funny, there have been more than one actual cases where this has happened in
real life, as reported by the news. And everyone knows that if it's on the
tv or news, it HAS to be true. Right?
Funny, you might want to google "insecticide bomb explosion". About 24,300
results in .23 seconds. I didn't read them all, but there are many accounts
of these exploding for one reason or another.
But then, you said that couldn't happen, so I guess Google, history, common
sense, and the laws of physics must be thrown out of the window, because
thou hast spoken. You said it, that settles it.
It seems like there might be more than one kind of bug bomb. I
woudnb't wnat to rely on experiments done on some brand other than
what I was using. Or some of the same brand made in a different year.
And it is so very hard to turn off the pilot and tape the light
If you think the garage is bad, try bombing the kitchen (and the whole
apartment). Of course I left and didn't come home for 24 hours I
think it was, maybe more.
But I did it once and it lasted until I moved out, at least a couple
We just put things in drawers, blew out the pilot in advance, wiped
counters off afterwards. Maybe we coverd the stove with newspaper.
I didn't find preparation to be a big deal.
IF you find something, will it kill the bugs you want to kill.
I'm not exactly infested. I regularly knock down spider webs they build
around garage windows. They sure like light. I thought I'd just do this
as sort of a late spring cleaning. If I counted the number of bugs I see
walking through the garage, three cars, I seldom see anything. Sometimes
a small reptile gets in but they leave. I've had two rattle snakes
inside in 10 years. We live in something of a rural area with 7 acres of
I use a device called Victor Bug Killers. You can get them at Ace
Hardware if you have one nearby. They come flat, and you fold them into
a box. The inside is super sticky. I believe they come four to a box,
and were around $7.
My brother had a problem with spiders in his basement. He spent quite a
bit of money trying out different bug traps, and he swears by this one,
and so do I.
You just lay them on the floor where they won't get stepped on.
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