Hot Shot Bed Bug Spray Review

Hot Shot Bed Bug Spray Bottle

Bottle of bed bug and flea spray.
Bottle of bed bug and flea spray. | Source

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About the Product

Hot Shot Bed Bug spray was one of the first products I tried, and it deserves an honest review.

This spray does have a place in bed bug removal plans.

For it to work you need to fully understand how Hot Shot bed bug spray, Hot Shot fogger and sealing should be used together.

Through this review I hope to illuminate when this is a good spray to use, and when it is not.

This product has many negative reviews that mislead people because of the misunderstanding on how to use the products.

A lot of the people who complain might have a better experience if they fully understand using Hot Shot Products together.

I will go in to full detail on what I found to be the best way to use the product, as well as include an official Hot Shot guide.

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Hot Shot Bed Bug Spray Back Label

The back label on Hot Shot Bed Bug and Flea spray peels away to reveal directions.
The back label on Hot Shot Bed Bug and Flea spray peels away to reveal directions. | Source

The Pros and Cons

The Pros

The active ingredient in this spray is permethrin. According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, permethrin is an approved, active ingredient in the United States.

Permethrin is a close cousin to deltamethrin, another common active ingredient in bed bug sprays.

The good news is that a bed bug resistant to deltamethrin is not necessarily resistant to permethrin.

If a product with deltamethrin is not working for you, this might work (and the reverse is true).

As you can see in the pictures, Hot Shot Bed bug spray kills on contact and leaves no oily residue or film.

This product is a one gallon pre-mixed insecticide.

This spray may be a good choice for someone who does not want to mix their own spray.

This product also offers a money back guarantee; the instructions on how to get your money back is on the back label.

Hot Shot is a well-known brand, so their customer service is outstanding.

On Hot Shot’s Review page for this product, you can see they appreciate, and are responsive to, feedback.

The back label contains the product usage instructions, which are in English and Spanish.

The label on the back opens, revealing two additional pages of instructions.

This bed bug spray has fewer instructions than some other products because you are not mixing anything.

Hot Shot is the only company that currently has a full line of bed bug products.

The spray, fogger and travel spray are all important parts of eradicating bed bugs.

The fact that all three are the same brand is beneficial because it is safer to use all of one kind of spray. Using different combinations of sprays may, or may not, be safe.

Only a licensed professional can tell you which are safe to use together. Since Hot Shot has a full line of bed bug products, the consumer does not have to worry.

Hot Shot Spray Handle

The spray handle that comes with Hot Shot Bed Bug and Flea Spray
The spray handle that comes with Hot Shot Bed Bug and Flea Spray | Source

The Cons

This would not be an honest and fair review without talking about the cons about Hot Shot Bed Bug Spray. The one real flaw with it is the spray nozzle. It works much like any spray bottle. Over time it hurts the hand, or at least mine.

The handle must be squeezed to create the the bed bug killeing mist. To make the mist come out you must keep pumping the handle, which can eventually get tiresome.

This is a con for me because every time I used it, I would develop a cramp in my hand afterward.

So, I thought to myself. Why not put this in my own one gallon sprayer? The type of sprayer where you just hold the lever down.

I investigeted the matter, but the product is made to be inteded to be used in according to instructions. They seal the lid for saftey reasons.

So you either have to battle the lid, risking spilling the product or use the sprayer which hurts your hand.

Maybe other people have stronger hands that won’t cramp; but for me, this was a big turn off.

When spraying for bed bugs, you need to cover a lot of area. The sprayer is just not made for that.

This is when it all begain to make sense. I read the instructions again, and realized that it would be a better use the spray to use it in tandem with the bed bug fogger.

I just wish the product would have said that right on the label. You don't need to spray every inch of your house. You need to spray cracks and corners and then fog the rust of the house!

It was not until I looked more carefully in the instructions that I realize it actually says it is just a spot treatment. Through my mistake, hopefully readers will understand why the need to read ALL of the instructions.

How Did it Work?

When I was only using the spray I was bored and exasperated. Then, after I made my realization I used the spray and then the fogger. This method worked very well.

If you are shopping for prevention, having something like this around could be handy. Say you go to a friend's house and find out they have bed bugs.

You can throw your clothes in the washer and dryer, but you might want to spot spray your bed, just in case a stowaway made it back to your house.

You might want to spray the bottom of your bag so bed bugs in infested places will be less likely to choose you as their target.

Using this spray on some items you travel with is not a bad idea. Plus, Hot Shot has developed a travel spray (picture on the right).

I have only seen it sold at Amazon and Home Depot and Walmart, but I think this product will be hugely popular.

I keep a bottle of the travel spray in my purse at all times, and even if you do not use Hot Shot's bed bug spray and fogger, I recommend people keep a bottle of the bed bug travel spray near.

I think the issue with Hot Shot Bed Bug spray is that it is that the instructions are not clear enough. It is a spot treatment and needs to be used in tandem with the fogger.

This is written in the label, but not emphasized enough. Someone dealing with bed bugs may not comprehend everything they read, just because of their stress levels.

Customers should know they need to buy both products for this to work.

Once you understand this is a spot spray, and that you need to purchase their fogger, you are on the right track. One word of warning: do not mix other brands of fogger with this spot spray.

You do not want to risk creating a dangerous chemical reaction between the sprays. If you have any questions about this product comment below, follow the link to Hot Shot's website or call their customer service number.

As stated on the Hot Shot Bed Bug spray label:

Telephone number: 1-800-917-5431

P.S. The bottle also states that the buyer is responsible for safety and use in accordance to the directions on the bottle. So don't just read this and get spraying, READ the entire label.

Hot Shot Instructions Choice 1

Spray cracks with Hot Shot Spray
Seal and launder all cloth items before fogger
Apply Hot Shot fogger
Allow time to dry, and for the room to air out.
Seal cracks and crevices
Use Hot Shot Spray behind beds, to box springs and any surface the fogger could not reach.
Use spray were logical, and where DE is not appropriate
Repeat steps 2 and 4 as needed 2 weeks later
Apply Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Under beds, carpet and dressers

Hot Shot Instructions Choice 2

Use fogger
Seal, remove and launder all clothing and cloth items. Even clothing from closet and drawers. Pull furniture away from walls.
Spray any perimiter the fogger missed and any bed bugs you can see
.Only enter once foger is dry, and the time limit for returning to the room, as stated on instructions, has passed.
Apply Food Grade DE
Once fogger is dry and it is safe to go in the room, Use duster to get DE in to cracks and crevices. Place under furniture.
Seal Cracks and crevices
Use spray and DE as needed

How to Use Hot Shot Bed Bug and Flea Products

Previously, I had only included suggested instructions about how to use Hot Shot Spray in my fogger review.

However, It is probably a good idea to cover that here.

There are actually various ways you can use the spray and fogger in tandem.

You can use the spray to get deep inside cracks and any bug you can actually see.

Then use the fogger.

To be truly effective, you need to seal up those cracks after you use the product.

If you do not seal the cracks up, you might be looking at repeating this process every 2 weeks.

Alternatively, you can combine using Hot Shot products, both the spray and fogger, with diatomaceous earth.

This actually might be the most cost effective way to go.

If you choose this method, you would not use Hot Shot Spray in cracks.

Instead, you would use diatomaceous earth and a duster in the cracks.

If you want to know more about using diatomaceous earth, click here.

Long story short, DE does kill bed bugs, but very slowly. DE does not dissipate.

This means you will not have to reapply it as often.

You still want to seal the cracks up after you use the duster to line the cracks with DE.

It does not matter which spray you use. If you do not seal your home, you are going to be at the losing end of the battle.

You also need to get bed bug mattress covers for all matresses in the house. You can treat your mattress with Hot Shot Mattress and Luggage Treatment, and then place a mattress cover over it to prevent further problems.

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Comments 16 comments

Moosevp 27 hours ago

Iv gutted my house. And littrally sprayed Harris bed bug spray and fogged and hot shot an their still here. I threw everything out hulled it to the local dump and now I spread de in ever inch of my house and bleached all th walls of the home. Took the pictures of the walls sprayed an cleaned them. Now I'm sitting in a empty house. On the center of the floor with just blankets as pads and the blankets have Been washed on deep wash and dryer heated to the hottest setting. Now I have to call the pro because in noticing bed bugg eggs near the hendges of the doors. Now if I got rid of everything just to be safe and they are still coming back why. And I'll post more after I get the pro in here

Donna 4 months ago

Can the aerosol be used with pets in the house if they are not in the room you are spraying it in? How long after spraying is it safe to bring let back in the room?

pa 23 months ago

Hot shot begbug spray is the best thing I have used. We had a minor incident in a couch never seen anything but ppl kept getting bit. Foggers DON'T WORK n r a waste of money. But what I did was wash all the blankets on the couch in hot water n dried them twice than vaccumed the couch n cushions thoroughly n carpets than I sprayed hotshot spray in every inch of the couch used about half a can. No problems ever since best product ive ever tried n its not that expensive. It got rid of my issue n have not had any ever since.

Joy 2 years ago

Hello recently we discovered bed bugs in our room I'm super allergic to them every bit after 4 or 5 hours leave a big red inflammation on my skin my husband isn't ! And let me tell you it's a nightmare ....... We have been trying this hot shot foggers and it seems this control the infestation a little bit I found a couple dead and all dry out... Which is good but after a few days they are back and biting again (two bites the most) I'l try today the spray and fogger together waiting for a better result if someone can give me tips I'll appreciated!!! Thanks

red fox 3 years ago

i used the hot shot spray last night saturated my bed. bad idea. woke up in the middle of the night room was spinning. i needed to vomit and diarrhea at the same time. but i shot a blank and just vomited twice. went to work, at lunch got on the train and started screaming bc it felt like the train was flipping over. call a professional and use natural, water based products. you will have to spray and inspect every night. i have also moved my bed to the middle of the room and removed my sheets.

UGH!! 3 years ago

Up at4;17 dreading going to sleep! I purchased both Hotshot fogger and spray and like many others agree after setting off 2 foggers in my bedroom I am living in a nightmare. The fogger is the WORST thing to do, it really pisses them off and seems to muliply them by the thousands!! Well, alright, that may be a stretch, but I went from 2 bites in weeks to point of being ran out f my room after fogging!!

I striped my room of clothing bagging everything outside, bought a steamer steamed EVERYTHING in room, COMPLETELY covered room with DE and have now taken up ALL carpet throughout my home replacing with hardwood.

I PROMISE you I wish I had NEVER used those foggers!! I had no clue what bit me as I never saw the insect, never knew I even had such a problem but was determined never to be bitten again by spider or whatever bit me. I never knew these things really existed. because my bed WAS the only place I was bitten I chose Hotshot bed bug killer when I saw it at store. NOW EVERY DAY/ALL DAY & NGHT!! I'm one that feels EVERY bite , which hurt, plus I feel them crawling on me. My skin has become so senitive that like that spoiled little chick in the nursey ryhme who felt the pea under many mattresses I feel these sandlike pests under sheets, through clothing!!

I am the only one in my family being bitten so trying to manage them is harder because my family thinks it's all in my head.

If only the good Lord would hurry and answer my repeated prayer to remove these things from my life!!

DO NOT FOG it only distrupts them causing them to spread throughout room or home!!!

lely 4 years ago

ive been using this and it really kills em on contact God bless hot shots

cyndi 4 years ago

My grandson got into the spray bottle and sprayed it he is 4 his dad grabbed it but it was still spraying they both r throwing up the poison control told them to go out side and see how they feel i told them 2 go straight to hosp....

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Bedbugabscond 4 years ago from United States Author

Calling a professional is ALWAYS preferred. If someone is in a situation where they can't, for some reason, then it is so important to READ, READ, READ everything about bed bugs.

The only way to really get rid of bed bugs on your own is to have a great deal of knowledge under your belt.

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furniturez 4 years ago from Washington

I've had this issue one time and one time only... I don't trust myself to deal with these little nuisances. To me it's worth the money to hire a professional!

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Bedbugabscond 4 years ago from United States Author

Calling a pro for bedbugs is always a good idea. I am sorry to hear about the mites. I am not surprised it offered limited help for mites. You may be able to call the same pro for advice on how to get rid of mites.

The first step would be to identify the kind of mites. Some mites are common to hope with certain types of pets, such as rodents or birds. If that is the case, you may need to get a vet involved as well.

You can find more information about mites here:

mgmontini 4 years ago

I called a pro. over bedbugs. But have now found mites. Used the spray (it also comes in a spray can), & found it fo limited help.

Fran 4 years ago

I bought this product for fleas. I cannot fog as I have parrots and other pets in the house which need to be moved out per room application. I will give an update..

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Bedbugabscond 4 years ago from United States Author

Emily, I am sorry to hear that. It sounds as if you have the resistant strain. There is a lot of controversy over resistance, but I do believe that there are strains that have already grown resistant to permethrin.

Have you tried using diatomaceous earth? Also have you worked through my bed bug extermination check list? Have you sealed your home? If your bugs are resistant there are other measures you can take, but it could be time to call a professional.

Emily Poling 4 years ago

The foggers combined with the hot shot spray just pisses those bastards off! They are worse now than they EVER were!!!!!!!

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Now this spray method is one I could handle easily. Great idea, but one I hope I never have to use. Voted up.

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