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Phantom Aerosol Spray

Phantom Pressurized Aerosol Spray delivers the power and effectiveness of Phantom Insecticide in a convenient and easy-to-use aerosol can. Phantom aerosol provides broad-spectrum control over numerous indoor pests including bed bugs, ants and cockroaches.  Phantom dries clear with no visible residue, and delivers long-residual non-repellent control. In other words, Phantom aerosol will stay around and kill pests long after you spray it.  Plus, the product has a transfer effect allowing insects to pick up the product and spread it to one another through touch and food-sharing, which kills even the pests you don't see. Effective on pyrethroid-resistant strains of bed bugs and cockroaches.  Only for use in cracks and crevices where bed bugs or insects hide.

Active Ingredient: Chlorfenapyr 0.5%
Target pests: Ants (Argentine, Carpenter, Odorous House, Pavement, Pharaoh, Pyramid), Cockroaches (American, German, Brown-banded, Oriental and Smokey-brown), Beetles, Bed Bugs, Centipedes, Earwigs, Scorpions, Silverfish, Spiders, Wasps.
Pet safe: Yes, when used as directed.
Manufactured By: BASF (UPC: 804338116392)

How Phantom Aerosol Works

Phantom Aerosol is a ready-to-use residual insecticide with the active ingredient Chlorfenapyr. Chlorfenapyr belongs to a relatively new class of insecticides called pyrroles which are produced from microbes. Pyrroles do not metabolize into active insecticides until after they enter the host target pest. Chlorfenapyr disrupts the production of ATP in the part of the cell that turns food into energy, causing cellular death and ultimate mortality. Because this process is slower than other modes of action, Phantom can have a transfer effect similar to that of baits on social insects like ants, cockroaches, and termites. Once applied, Phantom Aerosol has a residual of at least 30 days.

Phantom Aerosol Target Pests

Ants, cockroaches, beetles, bed bugs, spiders, wasps

PESTS CONTROLLED WITH PHANTOM AEROSOL: Ants (Acrobat, Argentine, Odorous House, Pavement, Pharaoh, Pyramid); Beetles (Asian Lady, Confused Flour, Darkling Larva (Yellow mealworm), Saw-toothed Grain); Bark Scorpions; Bed Bugs, Boxelder Bugs, Centipedes; Cockroaches (American, Asian, Brown-Banded, German, Oriental, Smokey Brown); Earwigs; House Crickets; House Flies; Paper Wasps; Pillbugs; Spiders (Black Widow, Cellar); Silverfish; Stored Product Pests; Termites

Target Uses of Phantom Aerosol

Phantom Aerosol has the same power and effectiveness as Phantom Insecticide Concentrate in a convenient ready-to-use can. Phantom has a long residual and can be used in many places. Because of its transfer effect, Phantom is excellent for ants, cockroaches, and other social insects. It can also be used in conjunction with baiting. Phantom Aerosol is excellent for use in smaller areas such as apartments where residual insecticides may be desired, but the large quantities that concentrates yield are not needed. Because of its unique active ingredient, Phantom is effective on pyrethroid-resistant strains of bed bugs and cockroaches.

Phantom Aerosol is not a knockdown agent and should not be used for knockdown treatment of stinging insects.

ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Chlorfenapyr 0.5%

Phantom Aerosol Application Instructions

For Crack and Crevice use: Press down the spray tip to release product while moving the spray can along length of treatment area. Apply at a rate of 2 seconds per linear foot. For closed void treatment, calculate the void’s cubic area and treat at a maximum rate of 3 seconds per cubic foot. For spot treatments, hold can approximately 12 in. from surface to be treated and release product at a maximum rate of 11 seconds per 2 sq. ft. DO NOT exceed 2 sq. ft. for each spot treatment.

*Always read the product label completely before use.

*Yield will vary greatly depending on user and treatment area.

Standard Application rates Phantom Aerosol:

*2 seconds per linear foot – crack and crevice use

*3 seconds per cubic foot – closed void treatment

Phantom Aerosol is for use in the following areas:

Indoor and exterior use as crack and crevice or spot treatment only: Houses, apartments; meat, fish, poultry and egg processing and packaging plants; food/feed handling establishments; non-food/feed handling areas of food handling establishments; commercial, institutional, warehousing establishments, zoos


Apply as a spot and/or crack and crevice and/or void treatment where pests harbor, nest, trail, run, and/or breed or hide. Treat into voids or to surfaces beneath cabinets, furniture, spaces between equipment, expansion joints, surfaces behind sinks, floor drains (to sewers), lockers, and water pipes.

Bed Bugs: Do not make surface applications to mattresses or bedding. Mattress treatments must be confined to the seams, folds, and edges only. Remove linens and wash before reuse. Allow to dry before remaking bed. Use as a crack and crevice or spot treatment in areas where insects may harbor. Not recommended as the sole treatment for bed bugs.


Exterior treatments around the listed areas are limited to spot and/or crack and crevice treatments where pests enter around doors, windows, eaves, attic vents, and holes in exterior walls where utilities enter.

Phantom Aerosol Features

  • Newer active ingredient is effective on pyrethroid-resistant bed bugs and cockroaches.
  • Aerosol comes with crack and crevice straw for easy application in cracks and crevices.
  • Low odor and non-staining formulation.
  • Can be used in conjunction with baiting programs.

Extra Tips for Using Phantom Aerosol

  • Do not reapply to treated area more than every four weeks.
  • Applications in food-handling areas are limited to spot and/or crack and crevice treatments.
  • Phantom Aerosol is for crack and crevice or spot treatment only.
  • Do not apply or store above 130 degrees F
  • Phantom Aerosol is not a quick knockdown agent.

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  • 41 of 44 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Pros Use It
    By Shirley on October 15, 2010

    We had confirmed bed bugs at work and I think I brought them home. I asked what the exterminators had used and they said Suspend and Mother Earth. I then called a local exterminator and they quoted me $800 to spray Phantom and dust with DE. I can't afford a pro so I purchased Phantom, Suspend and Mother Earth, put on a mask and went to battle myself. It's been only 3 weeks but I think I won. I slashed the bottom of my new expensive sofa to really get into the grooves and sprayed everywhere. I also encased my mattress and box spring. It's reassuring that if the bugs come back I can retreat immediately and not have to spend $800 each time.

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  • 36 of 47 people found this review helpful:

    4 of 5 Stars  Works Great, but Be Careful!
    By Chris on August 10, 2010

    This product has a ruthless odor, stronger than most aerosols such as CB-80 or P.I. and if used indoors can smell bad and choke everyone out of the room. Be sure to use your PPE and/or open windows while using it. Also, be sure not to spray it in your eyes...I accidentally sprayed it right into my eye and it burned and had a cold, tingling feeling for hours.

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  • 33 of 34 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Same Stuff the Pros Use
    By Brad on October 2, 2010
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    I had my upstairs treated for BedBugs last month by a professional pest control company. I checked my receipt and searched the chemicals they used. That is when I found On my receipt from the Pest Control Company it lists Phantom Aerosol Spray was used along with other chemicals. So I bought a can and also the BedBug Kit#2 which also contains products the pros use. I also bought mattress and box spring encasements. They are priceless, since I can sleep knowing that those evil bugs are no longer camping out waiting to suck my blood. was easy to order from and my order was received in three days. I am very pleased with how they do business. I would recommend to anyone suffering from BedBug infestation.

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  • 23 of 26 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Kiss your indoor ant problems goodbye
    By Philip on June 5, 2009

    For weeks I've been dealing with annoying little black ants (argentine or sugar ants I think) coming in and around the back door of my house and eating all of the Cheerios our little baby keeps dropping on the kitchen floor. We tried everything to stop the ants, but whatever we used or sprayed on them would just keep them away for a day or so, and then they would just pop out of the wall somewhere else. Then I tried this Phantom spray. Wow, does this stuff work! I sprayed just a line of Phantom along the bottom of the back door and where the ants were coming in, and within minutes there were dead ants everywhere I sprayed. Not only that, but the ants never came back. I highly recommend!

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  • 15 of 19 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Oh my gosh
    By Phil on April 4, 2010

    I can't believe they now have an aerosol spray for Phantom. This is basically an indoor version of Termidor, which is the best stuff for ants. I used to work for a pest control company and ants were the most difficult thing to kill because most people would use something from Walmart, which ants can detect and they would find new places to go. However, Phantom they can't detect, and it kills them slowly, but completely. The way that it works is that it gets on the ants' bodies and when they rub up against each other the insecticide then rubs off on those ants. It will take about 5 days to see them completely gone, but this stuff can't be beat for totally removing your complete ant problem. I am just shocked that it is now in a spray as we had to mix it from a huge bottle.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Phantom Aerosol Spray
    By Ron on October 9, 2014

    Works great. It's the atomic bomb of aerosol spray insecticide for ants.

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    1 of 5 Stars  Phantom Aerosol Spray
    By WP on August 28, 2014

    Not that good on roach infestation. Roaches came back after a few days. Cheaper products did just as good, I just thought this product would last longer

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  • 4 of 5 Stars  Phantom Aerosal Spray
    By Claude on August 23, 2014

    It works better than the other sprays purchased for local stores

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    2 of 5 Stars  low coverage
    By Richard on July 2, 2014

    Doesn't go very far. If you're in a hurry or don't need to treat a very large area, will serve the pupose.

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  The Best So Far
    By E.v. on May 30, 2014

    We had a break out in our apartment complex and after being professionally treated we were looking for something that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg. After reading many reviews and trying two other products we decided to try this. And I am so glad we did. If you are battling bed bugs this is a must. It kills them instantly. I am definitely getting another can and will stick with this brand to do touch ups.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Phantom does the job
    By Tonyd4e on March 29, 2014
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    This is a great product I have been fighting these sugar ants for a while now and this product is working to rid these pain in ants.

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  • 4 of 5 Stars  Wrong Info
    By Alec on February 17, 2014

    It states in the description of this product on your website that it is a quick knockdown insecticide...Its not, it states it in the label. Also, when doing C.C treatments on bed frames, it does leave a white (Very faint) residue. Good product overall.

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Always Fast Delivery and Highly Reliable
    By D.p. on November 24, 2013
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    Always Fast Delivery and Highly Reliable. I have purchased from this company many times over the years and have always had very good service.

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  bye bye roaches
    By kb on September 20, 2013
    Verified Purchase

    Great product german roaches upset down day 3 amazing.don't forget to combine igr with it

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Besr product for s consuner
    By Ed on September 2, 2013
    Verified Purchase

    This product works had down for bed bugs. They die off in four days I used dry ice to attract them and phantom did the rest.

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August 25, 2011 Christine from Sd asked:

QCan you spray Phantom on your bed, babys furniture? is it safe? Is this product known to cause cancer?
A man came in today and sprayed for bedbugs with phantom. He sprayed the baseboards and the permiter. my living room furniture, my babys bed, the dog bed and my mattress and boxspring? is it still safe to sleep on? and what should i do if not? Is this stuff toxic? He had my one year old, my dog and myself stay in the house while he was spraying.

AWe cannot comment on any work done by a pest control company for liability reasons. We can tell you that the areas you mentioned that were sprayed with the Phantom are listed as areas that can safely be treated on the Phantom Aerosol product label. You do need to let the treated areas dry before you use them and you do need to cover the mattress with a sheet before you use it again. Phantom is safely used in homes everyday to help eliminate bedbug infestations.

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November 30, 2009 Jason asked:

QHas there been any report of bed bugs becoming resistant to Phantom?

APhantom Aerosol Spray is currently one of the most promising products for bed bug control available right now.  It has shown very good results against bed bug colonies that are resistant to other products and to date has not shown any resistance to the Phantom itself.

10 of 11 people found this answer helpful.
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July 17, 2011 Yuen asked:

Qwhat is the difference between bed bug treatment kit with phantom spray and bedlam spray?
I bought the bed bug treatment with the phantom spray but I found that your q and A seems to recommend the bedlam spray. What are the factors I should pay attention to when using the phantom spray. What are the advantages of using one spray over the other.

AThere are many factors that we considering when answering a customer submitted question. Phantom is one of the top products on the market for bedbug infestations but for some customers it is too costly. Phantom is a non-repellent insecticide which means that bedbugs would not be able to detect that it is there and they will readily walk through treated areas. In the Q&A that you are referencing the other customer could have been using other synthetic pyrethroids in the same are which would have interfered with the non-repellent qualities of Phantom or there could have been a budget concern. Also the customer who submitted the Q&A you are referring to may have lived in a state where Phantom is restricted.

8 of 8 people found this answer helpful.
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August 1, 2009 Deepa asked:

QCan I use Phantom Insecticide Spray in combination with Diatomaceous Earth?
I want to get the Phantom for the bedbug problem in my apartment. It is recommended that we use the Phantom only in cracks and crevices. Can I use it in combination with MotherEarth Dust? I like the Phantom spray for cracks and crevices and DE for the carpets.

AYou can use Phantom Aerosol spray in the same area as other products like MotherEarth D. Phantom Aerosol Spray is ideal for cracks and crevices and has been proven to be very effective against bed bugs.

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November 18, 2009 Brenda asked:

QCan I spray Phantom and then later on spray Bedlam over the same area?
Can I spray Onslaught and Phantom over the same area at different intervals? There is a small spot area underneath my computer table where the bugs are especially active and probably live between the floor tiles. I would like to spray the Phantom for long-term control and the Onslaught or Bedlam for more immediate control.

AYou should apply one or the other, but not two in the same place.  All of the products you had mentioned are very good products and it really is overkill to apply two in the same place.  Bedlam and Onslaught may work a little quicker than Phantom and because of this it would not benefit you to spray Phantom over another product.  The Bedlam and Onslaught will kill the bugs just the same, and adding Phantom would not make them work quicker or more effectively.  All of this being said it would not hurt anything to apply Phantom over the same area, but it would not be very cost effective.

5 of 5 people found this answer helpful.
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April 22, 2014 Tony from Newark, Nj asked:

QHow do you clean up a stain Phantom Aerosol Spray left on my couch?
I used Phantom aerosol for crack & crevice treatment on our leather couch with wooden legs. I was under the impression that this product does not stain and goes on clear according to the label. The next day, my couch was ruined. It seems like a white residue has formed where the product was sprayed. Is this normal? What should we do? Is this something that can come off or has the chemical penetrated and stripped the materials? Please advise. Thank you.

A Phantom Aerosol Spray does not stain, when applied as directed. It is only labeled to be applied to seems and folds of furniture, mattresses, etc. Please contact BASF 800-526-1072 for further assistance with removing a stain.

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February 25, 2014 Celia from Rio Rancho, New Mexico asked:

QIs there an effective way to eliminate ant colonies from inside walls?
Maxforce granules and gel have had limited effect. The ants disappear from inside the house for a short time only to return a few days later and in a different location. The ants initially entered the walls (by the billions) through cracks around exterior window frames. Now they're well established inside the walls of the house and they periodically come out into the interior of the house. As spring approaches we're going to have a real problem as the ants begin to swarm, forage for food, and look for water.

A Spray Phantom Insecticide indoors along the baseboards and near carpenter ant activity, and then use Termidor SC outside around the foundation of the home as was mentioned above. This will give you the best results for all types of ants.

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January 31, 2014 Lisa from Richardson Texas asked:

QTreating for bed bugs
I have sprayed all the mattresses with BEDLAM, let them dry and have put mattress encasements on and box spring encasements. Zip tied them shut. I sprayed the frame of all three beds. the kids rooms there are toys toys toys!!! Books, baby dolls, stuffed animals, Legos, ect... I have put them in the middle of the room and an feelng pretty overwhelmed looking at the pile and wonder, how do I tackle this? I also still have to hit the closets. So my question is: how do I handle all these toys? I can't bag them and put them away for a 1 & 1/2 year. Would you put the toys in a bag, spray them with bedlam, close the bag up for a week or so and then wash them In the dishwasher? And do you think the bugs would be In the Legos? Very overwhelmed. Should I spray the game room since the kids take toys back and forth from the game room to the bedrooms? Sorry so long and thanks for your help.


You are not alone in this Bed Bug Battle. We do not recommend spraying the toys with Bedlam. When it comes to furniture and mattresses, you really want to apply to seams and folds.We recommend using Nuvan Strips. You can put the items like toys into plastic bins or tightly sealed trash bags. You want to leave them sealed for 1-2 weeks. Nuvan Strips kill by vapors that emerge slowly over time and control pests exposed to the vapors. Bed bugs can enter pretty much anywhere, even nail heads. They can enter inside of legos. Yes, you do want to spray the play room. In fact, it is highly recommended to re treat once every two weeks. Keep treating until you have gone 30 days without any evidence of bed bugs. We would also recommend to read our article How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs. You will read that it really takes more than one product to eradicate Bed Bugs. Please visit our bed bug kits which do include Bedlam. Please let us know if you have any more questions.

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January 23, 2014 Felicia from Fayetteville, Ar asked:

QWhat is the best and strongest item I can get to kill roaches. This roach infestation is becoming ridiculous!
I live in an apartment with 2 small children and a small dog. Roaches are gross and apartment management won't work with residents to get rid of them, so my building has decided to take care of it ourselves.


It can take several months to get rid of a large infestation. Infestations do not get large quickly and unfortunately they do not go away quickly either.  Below you will find our best recommendations for eliminating roaches:

The Roach Control Kit #2 is perfect for roach control problems in homes and apartments. This professional kit includes 1 packet of Demon WP Insecticide (which makes 4 gallons of finished solution) for spraying the outside perimeter of the home and inside underneath appliances, behind cabinets, under toilets and sinks, etc. You'll also get 4 x 35 gram tubes of Invict Gold Roach Bait Gel--one of the best roach baits on the market. Invict can be applied up high in the kitchen in the corner of cabinets and in cracks and crevices in kitchens and bathrooms. The bait contains a slow-acting poison that attracts and kills feeding roaches, who also spread the bait to other roaches by contact or by sharing food. Finally, 20 Gentrol Point Source stations provide an IGR (Insect Growth Regulator) that will stop roaches from laying eggs, helping to halt the infestation. The combination of an IGR with roach bait is a highly effective roach control strategy that is widely used by pest control professionals. Demon WP must be applied with a 1 gallon pump sprayer.

Here is a link to a great article that really goes into depth in explaining a roach control program.

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December 17, 2013 Monal from Houston, Tx asked:

QCan phantom aerosol spray in the kitchen drawers, cabinets & pantry that is empty?
Can phantom aerosol spray be used in the kitchen drawers, cabinets & pantry that is empty as a precautionary measure?

A Phantom is labeled to be used in food handling areas, but per the Label, it cannot be used in kitchen cabinets. You can use a product like Cy-kick Aerosol in the cracks and crevices of the cabinets. Be sure that all food and food handling items are removed.

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October 5, 2013 Steven from King Of Prussia, Pa asked:

QDoes Phantom Aerosol Smell Bad?
Does Phantom aerosol have a strong smell detectable by humans? If so how would it compare to Bedlam Plus, which has a bit of a lingering bug spray odor to me.

A The MSDS for Phantom does state that it has a strong odor, of acetone compared to the Bedlam Plus odor of a sweet solvent smell.   The smell from either the Phantom or Bedlam Plus should dissipate once the product dries which is typically 30 mins - 1 hour.

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October 5, 2013 Steven from King Of Prussia, Pa asked:

QHow fast does Phantom aerosol work?
I have heard it takes about 7-10 days to work. This is fairly slow. Is this true?


Phantom is a non-repellent insecticide that has a delayed reaction which allows pests time to get back to the colony and spread the product.  It can take time to work and kill off an entire colony depending on the pest and how large of an infestation you are treating

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September 3, 2013 Francisco from Indio,ca asked:

QI need an aerosol and dust to treat for bed bugs
hello guys i have a freind that has bed bugs ive been spraying his house with masterline for the past 2 months and the number of bed bugs have been reduced but ...they are starting to come out again i need a aerosol spray that i could use on the mattres and baseboards and on the furniture i was thinking of using cb80 spray ..what do you recoomend wich spray to use or a dust..thanks

A We recommend to use both a dust like Cimexa Dust and residual spray like Phantom aerosol. The Cimexa dust works well in wall voids and areas where Bed Bugs like to hide, but you cannot spray a liquid. The Phantom is labeled to be applied to cracks, crevices, seams, and fold of furniture and other areas, Please be sure to follow the product label for application.

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August 30, 2013 Sue from La, Ca asked:

QWhat is the shelf life of the the Phantom aerosol spray?

A Phantom and most other aerosol sprays should be used within 1 year of purchase for best results.

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July 15, 2013 Nick asked:

QIs it safe to use Phantom for ant control around my hot water heater and furnace? Thank you.

A It is completely safe to use around your furnace and water heater as long as the pilot light is not on during application. The heat from the furnace could potentially cause the Phantom to break down on the surface and not have as long of a residual but it would work great for ant control in those areas. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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