The Great Smoke Out: Do Rodent Smoke Bombs Really Work?

One product on the market designed to assist in addressing a mouse or rat infestation in a home, business, or other location is the smoke bomb. Three questions arise in regard to this rodent control product:

  • What are rodent smoke bombs?
  • Do rodent smoke bombs work?
  • Are rodent smoke bombs safe?

What Are Rodent Smoke Bombs?

Rodent smoke bombs are a product designed to repel or kill rodents. They are available to homeowners and others facing an issue with rodents. In addition, they sometimes are used by exterminators and other rodent eradication professionals.

Do Rodent Smoke Bombs Work?

The question of “do rodent smoke bombs work” necessitates an honest answer of “sometimes” and “sort of.” Because bombs contain a noxious gas, they can work to repel rodents. In addition, the gas is capable of killing rodents as well.

The notation that rodent smoke bombs sometimes work is based on the fact that there are definite limitations as to where they can be utilized. For example, they are not approved for indoor use. The comment that they sort of work is because they are not a long-term solution. Rodent smoke bombs will take care of a current or immediate rodent infestation problem, but they most definitely are not a long-term solution to a mouse or rat problem at your home, business, or other location. Indeed, experts in the field of rodent control make it clear that when smoke bombs are used, a new infestation oftentimes occurs in as soon as a few days.

Are Rodent Smoke Bombs Safe?

When it comes to the safety of rodent smoke bombs, the answer is “sometimes” and “sort of.” An important point that must be borne in mind is that gas emitted from rodent smoke bombs can be harmful to the health and wellbeing of humans and pets alike. In fact, the gas emitted by rodent smoke bombs can be fatal to pets like dogs, cats, guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters, and even tropical fish.

In addition, every year emergency room visits occur for people who were injured improperly handling rodent smoke bombs and inhaling rodent smoke bomb gas. It also includes people suffering from burns associated with mishaps associated with igniting and using these devices.

Professional Rodent Eradication Is an Advisable Route

Due to the challenges associated with using products like rodent smoke bombs on your own, and the very real issues presented by rodents in your home or business, seeking out professional rodent eradication assistance oftentimes is advisable. A professional has the resources, skills, and experience necessary to effectively, efficiently, and safely eliminate rodents from a home, business, or other location.

Other Rodent Related Dangers

In addition to dangers associated with the presence of rodents in your home or other location, coupled with hazards connected with some eradication options, there is another area of concern that you must understand when it some to rats and mice. These rodents are capable of carrying and ultimately transmitting what can prove to be serious diseases to humans.

When it comes to the transference of disease from rodents to humans, one of the conduits for doing so is rodent droppingsRodent droppings can carry truly dangerous and life-threatening viruses and bacteria like the hantavirus. The hantavirus remains alive and viable in rodent droppings even after these feces have dried up. In point of fact, it is precisely when rodent feces dry out that possible exposure to the hantavirus becomes more likely.

Dried rodent droppings crumble very easily. They can barely be touched and break apart into dust. By its very nature, this feces dust becomes airborne, carrying the hantavirus along with it. If inhaled, a person can become infected by the hantavirus. Such an infection can result in an oftentimes fatal disease called hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. If a person ends up with this condition, the risk of dying is set at about 30 percent. There is no treatment for the syndrome. Those who recover do so for reasons medical professionals have yet to pinpoint.

Keeping things in perspective, hantavirus is not terribly common at this juncture in time. However, people across the United States have been infected with it and many have died as a result. Moreover, there is no way to predict when and where a major outbreak of hantavirus might (or will) occur in the United States.

Due to the (very real) potential risks associated with rodent droppings, cleaning up the remnants of a rodent infestation represents another area in which professional assistance is highly recommended. A skilled, experienced rodent droppings cleanup specialist can safety and thoroughly eliminate dangers rat or mouse waste from a home, business, or other location.