Hot Shot Bed Bug Fogger Review

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Hot Shot Bed Bug Fogger Misconceptions

Hot Shot Bed Bug Fogger is a product that should be used in conjunction with Hot Shot Bed Bug & Flea Spray.

This product has some pretty mixed reviews around the web.

Even I was reluctant to try this product at first because of all of the negative reviews I had read.

I decided to try it anyway, because of the convenience factor.

I learned why Hot Shot Bed Bug Fogger had negative reviews, but I also learned how to kill bed bugs effectively with this fogger (barring resistance). The negative reviews that investigated were written by people who did not understand the directions.

If you would like a full guide on how to get rid of bed bugs, then check out The Bed Bug Book.

The biggest problem with this product is how it is marketed; there is a disconnect from the fogger and their brand of bed bug spray.

While some infestations may be treated with the fogger, many infestations should also be treated with the spray. Plus bed bug mattress covers should be invested in for after treatment.

There are two main types of bed bug extermination products, both from Hot Shot. One is Hot Shot Bed Bug Flea & Bed Bug Spray, and the other is Hot Shot Bed Bug Fogger.

Each product, utilizing slightly different chemicals, to help get the job done.

Misconceptions about this fogger arise when people use it alone, without using the spray or sealing their homes.

Reviewing Effectiveness On Bed Bugs

This review is for Hot Shot bed bug fogger, but I am only reviewing it in regards to bed bugs. I have used it for fleas once, and it worked great (stinkin indoor cat snuck out and brought back fleas). For the scope of this article, were just talking about bed bugs.

If you are researching to discover if this works on fleas, this review will not be helpful. However, if you are searching with regard to bed bugs, keep reading. You will be surprised about what you learn.

If you have read my Hot Shot Bed Bug Spray review, you already know two things:

  1. Some bed bugs might be immune (rare)(more likely in southern areas).
  2. The instructions do not fully explain how to use this product in combination with their bed bug spray. I think it is a shame that they do not have better instructions, or a plan that comes with this product, and the spray.

* I have been in contact with customer service over issue two. They are unable to include the type of comprehensive instructions with each packet at this time. I believe that they are working on it with their product redisign. For now, They have created a video instead. Thanks, Hot Shot!

Hot Shot Bed Bug Extermination Video

The Trouble With Some Hot Shot Reviews

The problem with some reviews for this product is that the people who killed bed bugs with it are less likely to go post that all over the net.

Where, a person who had a poor experience will complain to everyone. Before I used these products, I noticed a few things about these complaints.

First, zoning in on the people who used it and claimed it did not work.

A large portion of them ONLY used Hot Shot Bed Bug Fogger or ONLY used the spray.

Some may have used the spray, but a few days AFTER the fogger.

Others, tried using this as their only method of bed bug removal and did not seal their homes, or protect their mattress.

It does not matter what spray you use; it won’t work if you do not have a full bed bug plan.

It seems like a lot of people who complained about Hot Shot Bed Bug Fogger were they type who had immune bugs, or the type who were looking for an easy answer.

There is no easy answer for bed bugs.

Grabbing the first product you see and using it, without thoroughly researching how to get rid of bed bugs, is going to fail almost every time.

It is important to understand that eradicating bed bugs is not like eradicating other kinds of pests.

Bed bugs are evil, well maybe not evil, but they are hardy and unpleasant.

They are more enduring than roaches, and that is saying a lot. Roaches outlived the dinosaurs after all!

If you are truly ready to kill bed bugs yourself, and forgo the exterminator, then check out this Free bed bug to do list.


How to Use Hot Shot Bed Bug Fogger in Combination With Spraying and Sealing

From my experience using Hot Shot Bed Bug Fogger, and calling Hot Shot’s toll free number, I discovered that the spray and fogger need to be used together, and in a certain order.

The company itself gave me clues; it was my experience that helped me really understand how to use Hot Shot Bed Bug Products effectively.

When I researched reviews about Hot Shot Bed Bug Fogger, the main complaint with the fogger (and the problem with the complaint) helped me figure out how to use the product.

1) Hot Shot Bed Bug Fogger can cause bed bugs to run deeper into cracks and crevices.

Yes, it does, but there is a solution! ! I have seen bed bugs intentionally avoid areas sprayed with pesticide. I cannot hammer this in to people’s heads enough. You must seal your home against bed bugs!

You should seal after you use Hot Shot Bed Bug Fogger and Hot Shot Bed Bug Spray. If you want to steam, do it before you use the fogger or the spay.

Steaming after you use Hot Shot Bed Bug Fogger or spray could cause the chemicals to vaporize in to the air. This can cause serious injury and health problems.

The fogger is made with Pyrethrins. This is derived from chrysanthemums. It is less stable to light, and not as toxic as Permethrin, which is the active ingredient in the spray.

Therefore, the fogger is not as toxic as the spray, but be warned it can still cause breathing issues.

For this reason the first thing you need to do when eradicating bed bugs, outside of inspecting bedding and furniture, is spray ALL cracks and crevices with Hot Shot Bed bug spray. Then use the fogger, and then seal.

This works because you are getting Permethrin, deep into cracks and crevices. Setting off the fogger, which will either stun the bed bug OR drive it in to the cracks where you sprayed the toxic poison.

Then, you seal up every baseboard, every piece of rubber molding and any cracks in the floor. They are trapped, with the poison, and not likely to get back in the house OR escape someplace else.

2) You will find reviews where someone has captured a bed bug, sprayed it with the spray, and it did not die. That is a good sign that your strain of bed bugs is resistant. At this point, you can try another product, call a professional or try another bed bug relief method.

Because this sometimes happens, people make claims that this product is a scam, but it isn’t. It really does work if you follow the correct procedure, AND your bugs are not resistant. There is no way to know until you try it.

Again, my suggestion for using Hot Shot fogger is as follows:

1. Spray the cracks and cervices with Hot Shot Bed Bug Spray

2. Use Hot Shot Fogger

3. Seal all cracks and cervices

4. Repeat fogger as instructed 2 weeks later for any newly hatched eggs

5. Use spray as needed.

Are Bed Bugs Resistant to Hot Shot?

It is important to talk about bed bug immunities. There are very few research studies to draw factual evidence on immunities. However, there are some studies that are explaining a few things to us.

The most noteworthy study was done by the Department of Entomology, Ohio Agricultural and Research Development Center at Ohio State University in Wooster, Ohio with the Department of Entomology at Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio.

This study directly relates to Permethrin and its cousin deltamethrin. I am going to get technical; you can read about it here if you would like.

The gist of it is this: through gene expression research there are bed bugs who are resistant to permethrin, and its cousin deltamethrin. However, this represents certain strains.

Other research has determined the same thing BUT disagrees on the abundance and locations of immune bugs.

It could be that southern areas could have a higher number of immune bugs due to of the higher rate of permethrin and deltamethrin pesticides due to warmer weather.

The relevancy of this is that some bugs MIGHT have a resistance to permethrin and not deltamethrin. Some might be resistant to them both.

Some might be resistant to neither. I have seen hot shot bed bug fogger and spray work on one house, and then not work on another house in the same town.

This means that all Hot Shot Bed Bug Products, including Hot Shot Bed Bug Fogger, are hit or miss. They are either going to work well for you, or completely waste your time. Sadly, without a DNA test of a bed bug from your home, it is impossible to know.

If you don't like to take a gamble, then this might not be a product you want to try.

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Comments 13 comments

Tm 2 months ago

These products do work, you have to do it consistently and weekly at least , take box spring apart , wash clothing, bedding g, curtains weekly , vacuuming, shampooing's a constant battle. I have been battling the bugs since June, it is now August. And still at it! Just as I think I got them all, I spot a few here and there. I hate these bugs and although it is a learning process, I never wanted to know so much about these things!Good luck to all that are in a bedbug battle!

Kumar 3 months ago

I used this product thrice in just 2 weeks, but bed bugs are still appearing. The second time I used this product removing all the things from bed and put the fogger at the center of the bed area, but still getting bites. So, the third time I put 1 fogger in vertical position on the ground so all the fog can go under the bed, and 2 foggers on the bed with mattresses. I hope I won't e able to see any now.

Confused reader 5 months ago

So question....I spray cracks and crevices then set off the foggers and you said seal off everything. What exactly are you meaning? Can you give me more insight on this please

Wali 6 months ago

I had flea and I bought a gallon. I used the entired gallon for one room and nothing changed. Total waste of my money and time.

Satisfied customer so far... 14 months ago

I actually used the Hot Shot spray on my mattress and then used the fogger two days later for the entire room! Haven't gotten bitten or seen a bed bug since. I will be redoing the process again in two weeks but next time I will fog immediately after I spray!

Anna 16 months ago

I have tried everything steaming bombing the spray and nothing is working. It's only in my room which has my 1 year old in there to. They don't seem to be bothering her but they wont leave me alone. I've even called a lady to come in and kill them and their still here. I'm lost for words and very displeased with these products

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Bedbugabscond 18 months ago from United States Author

Hi melisa, bombers alone tend to be ineffective because the fogger doesn't reach deep cracks and the under side of furniture. Spray cracks, crevices and the underside of furniture first, then spray. If ur base boards have cracks, use caulk to seal after you the spray and fogger have been sprayed.

melissa 18 months ago

So I just discovered bed bugs and just got 3 bombs so will it not work until I get the spray to. I'm new to this crap

Carie 2 years ago

I used hot shots fruit fly killer & it was the ONLY thing that worked & it worked IMMEDIATELY & like MAGIC! Im PRAYING that the bed bug works as well!

life4me 3 years ago

I bet some and I still have bed bugs it did not work.waste my money

Joshua 4 years ago

Id like to share my exp with these lil critters! I started noticing when i was being bitten on my sofa. I thought darn mosquitoes! A few months later i started moving. Everything was fine until i got to my kids bedroom where i saw them. Omg, i was already tired of moving, i hate moving, so i used roach spray not knowing that was going to be the biggest mistake ever. When i got situated in my new apt. I kept checking my kids room, by this time i had read and found out what these things were bedbugs! I called the office and they sent this real nice lady and killed all the bugs. We actually got rid of them!!! One day my kids were coming back from their moms, kids mom and i are separated. I dont know what came over me but i started checking my kids, i almost cried out bedbugs!! I saw one in my daughters underwear at the seams!. So i called my ex, long story short, she told me a few days later her sisters gf had brought them over to her moms house where she was living at the time and the kids brought it to my apt. Supposedly she got rid of them almost immediately. But it was a dif story with me. The bedbugs had been multiplying in my kids room. So i called the lady she charged me though, but by this time they had spread. So she couldn't get rid of them. I bought a steamer and steamed everything but nothing i did worked. For some odd reason my sofa was ok, they bit me at first but i think they went back to the kids room. My room has always been bedbug free until a couple months ago when the kids were on summer vacation. I steamed everything, washed clothes and then bought some chemicals which ive never used since i have kids, then the hardest thing i had to do... I handed my kids over to my ex, my gf cried and my mom as well. I was heart broken. But i was more determined to get rid of these things. So i sprayed everything in their room and then bought a adhesive you use for carpet it's a double sided tape and i put it around the door so they wouldn't get out i caulked everything in the room so they wouldn't get out through the walls. Now i have a room that has been sealed off to the world. Now the sofa was pretty easy i steamed it only, no chemicals and since then i have not been bitten on my sofa. My bedroom has a a queen size bed and a twin size for my 2 year old (my ex is not taking her!) so i started steaming everything and washed all my clothes. I added the adhesive around my mattress which is freaking cool cause i got three of them and none since then that was about two weeks ago my toddler hasn't been bitten ever! Now i just have to be careful with my kids room. Its been over a year since my first bite on my sofa and looking back at those countless days were i had gotten up in the middle of the night to check my poor kids i say thank god its almost over. I haven't seen my kids in a month but i can't wait to go get them, next week i'll see if the bugs are gone in their rooms.

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Bedbugabscond 4 years ago from United States Author

I am glad you don't have to contend with bed bugs. If you ever know anyone who gets them, passing information on and being supportive is the best thing you can do. Thanks for stopping by!

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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Wow thank goodness I don't have to content with this but, at least I will have this to pass onto anyone that may!

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