Are bug bombs safe?


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Carrie Kupcho · · Brighton, UT · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 75

It appears that I had a whole bunch of baby spiders hatch in my truck. My pack and all my gear is covered. Not to be a huge baby, but I am absolutely terrified of spiders. I can't even touch my gear or drive my truck. I am wondering if a Raid fogger bomb would destroy the integrity of my gear. Any thoughts on a safe way to kill these little bastards?

Marc H · · Denver · Joined May 2007 · Points: 250

If you have the opportunity, definitely remove your gear before setting off the bomb. That shit's usually pretty caustic.

Carrie Kupcho · · Brighton, UT · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 75

Any idea how to get them out of my pack and out of all my stuff?

Evan1984 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2007 · Points: 30
Carrie Kupcho wrote:Any idea how to get them out of my pack and out of all my stuff?
Beg, bribe, or bat your eyes until someone will spread out your stuff and lay it in the sun for a few hours.

Spiders love nooks and crannies, so, if you spread it all out so that its exposed to light, they'll leave on their own.

Don't leave it for ages, but a day in UV will not harm your gear and will get rid of the bugs.

I'd bet money that the bug bombs have some weird petro-chemical inthem, which is very bad for your gear.

Apparently, there are some other good reasons to not use bug bombs:
insects.about.com/od/insect...
Austin Baird · · SLC, Utah · Joined Apr 2009 · Points: 95

I live in Provo. Drive down here, buy me Chick Fil A on the way, and I'll clear all the spiders out of your gear.

Steve Williams · · Denver, CO · Joined Jul 2005 · Points: 235

They're all poison. You don't want to use them.
Get a container of talcum powder and shake it in your truck.
It should get rid of them. Then just wash your pack out
with water and you'll be good to go.

Good luck!

T.C. · · Whittier, NC · Joined Oct 2010 · Points: 0

I'd me more concerned with my own health than my gear. Look up the MSDS form for any chemical you are contemplating spraying in an area you will be spending time, you will be surprised at the terrible things that are not on the label of the can.

Especially if you are of child bearing age.

Ben B · · saint helens, oregon · Joined Jun 2011 · Points: 325

sure would suck to have your harness snap on a whipper...

i was gonna suggest smoking them out.. you might have to get creative, but if you can figure out a way to pump some good old fashioned wood smoke in there i would imagine that'd either shake 'em out or kill any who didn't bail.

AJS · · Boulder, CO · Joined Mar 2008 · Points: 25

This might be worth a read: washingtonpost.com/national...

Carrie Kupcho · · Brighton, UT · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 75

I sort of figured the bombs weren't a great idea. I guess I'll buck up and drag everything out in the sun and I'll try the talcum powder. I've never even used a bomb in my house and after reading all the negatives, I don't plan on ever using it. Now if the rain would stop for a day...

wankel7 · · Indiana · Joined Oct 2010 · Points: 10
AJS wrote:This might be worth a read: washingtonpost.com/national...
The suspense was killing me! And then she she left me hanging....did it kill the fleas or not?
Rick Blair · · Denver · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 268

I like how in her article she assumes everyone else, you the reader, would let a company waltz into your house, hose it down with poisonous chemical and not ask any questions or do any research. Though I am not against the use of these kinds of chemicals I certainly wouldn't blindly trust a $15/hour (or whatever they make) pesticide "technician." My wife would probably be way harder on them than I would.

Dana Bartlett · · CT · Joined Nov 2003 · Points: 890

The National Pesticide Information Center (1-800-858-7378) can give you informed advice about the benefits and risks of over-the-counter pesticides.  

Baba Fats · · Philadelphia, PA · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 0

It's going to be a really long and boring read, but the EFSA report on whatever pesticide you use will be the most comprehensive resource.   Most bug bombs use pyrethroids.  Most likely permethrin. It's generally safe for human exposure.  But might cause some skin irritation if you are exposed directly.  It's extremely toxic to cats.  Not to dogs.  Bifenthrin is another possibility.  But bifenthrin doesn't break down as quickly as permethrin.  A weeks worth of sun exposure, and permethrin is just about completely gone.  

All that said, the pesticide should be the least of your concerns.  The solvents used to deploy the compounds are much worse for you than the pesticides themselves 

Justin Meyer · · Madison, WI · Joined May 2012 · Points: 51

This thread is from 2011. I think the spider situation has been resolved by now.

"Isaac Ngari" made an account and resurrected this thread so that he could post a link to the pest website he's promoting.

NegativeK · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2016 · Points: 5
Justin Meyer wrote:

This thread is from 2011. I think the spider situation has been resolved by now.

"Isaac Ngari" made an account and resurrected this thread so that he could post a link to the pest website he's promoting.

Nah. At six years later, the spiders are now in first grade and are learning their ABCs.

They still live in the cam lobes, though. RIP OP.

Baba Fats · · Philadelphia, PA · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 0

I do hope the OP has been able to get back into their car by now

Jaren Watson · · Boise, Idaho · Joined May 2010 · Points: 1,205

I think you're all underestimating the gravity of the OP's arachnophobia. This thread is definitely still relevant, as she's poised just this moment outside her truck trying to muster the courage to open the door and unleash an eight-legged Armageddon.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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