Hot Shot Bed Bug and Flea Fogger Review
Hot Shot Fogger
Hot Shot Bed Bug and Flea Fogger Brand Responsivness
Hot Shot Bed Bug Fogger is a product that should be used in conjunction with Hot Shot Bed Bug & Flea Spray. Bed bug foggers do get rid of pests with mixed reviews about effectiveness. Using the bug bombs with the spray kills bed bugs better.
When I first wrote my reviews about Hot Shot products, my major complaint was that the instructions on how to use their products together were unclear. I recommended that these products be used in conjunction with a bed bug treatment plan.
This product has some pretty mixed reviews around the web. Even I felt disinclined to try this product at fits. In the end, I decided to give it a fair shot, just like all of the other products I test. I reviewed the product honestly. The amazing thing is that Hot Shot listens to customers.
The company has improved their website to help users understand how the entire bed bug and flea process works. I have to say that I impressed that they do prove that they care about customer satisfaction. Not only have they improved the product, they went out of their way to provide thoughtful instructions. I am impressed.
Hotshot is a brand manufactured by Spectrum Brand Holdings inc. They produce a plethora of trusted brands, such as cutter bug spray and Rayovac batteries.
Some other products made by the same company that makes hot shot are:
- Cutter Bug Spray
- Rayovac batteries
- National Hardware
- A/C Pro
- George Forman
- Black Flag
- Juice Man
- Garden Safe
- Natures Miracle
- Varta Consumer Batteries
Spectrum Brand Holdings was outside of the US for a short period but was moved back to the United States in 2013, and is now headquartered in Madison, WI.
My original review stated " I 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."
I also recommend checking out The Bed Bug Book for a thorough guide, and I still do. But know that the Hot Shot website has a through guide.
Now let's talk specifically about the product. While some infestations may be treated with the fogger alone, 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.
Before you use these products understand how you must address detection, treatment, and prevention.
This review is for Hot Shot Bed Bug and Flea fogger. I have used it for fleas once, and it worked well (stinking indoor cat snuck out and brought back fleas). The active ingredient in Hot Shot is Cypermethrin, a neurotoxic pyrethroid.
Fleas and bed bugs are very different creatures. Bed bugs gain pesticide resistance. The more an active ingredient is used in a given area the less effective they become. For example, this product could be less effective in areas who have more than a decade of severe bed bug infestations.
Fleas are very mobile. Bed bugs can not hop, but fleas can. In regards to fleas, you must treat both your home AND your pet. Don't treat your pet with Hot Shot, give them a good old fashioned flea bath, and some Revolution.
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. Customers with a poor experience complain to everyone. Where happy customers are less likely to return to leave feedback.
I noticed a few things about these complaints. 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 carry out prevention measures.
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 or fleas.
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. Fleas can carry diseases and make you or your pet sick. Both 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.
If you are getting rid of fleas, then go ahead and give this product a try. But, don't forget to treat your pet with the appropriate products.
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.
Questions & Answers
Can I stay in the house while I use this if I close the bedroom door and put a towel under the crack of the door?
I recommend following the directions to the letter. If Hot Shots instructions say to leave home, then I would strongly suggest you do this. I know it is cold out, but visit a friend, run errands, or find another way to pass the time. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Can I stay in my house after I fog my bedroom if open all of the windows in the other rooms?
No, the instructions say to leave the premises after you fog a room. You must follow the product's instructions exactly.
Why can't I use an extra bug and flea fogger in a room?
There are many reasons that you cannot use an extra fogger in the room. Doing so would be unsafe on many different levels. First of all, it can become a fire hazard. Foggers are repellants that are highly flammable. If you use too much there could be a fire or explosion.
Another reason is that using too much of the pesticide could be dangerous for your health. Always follow directions and use the exact amount of cans specified in the product's directions.
Can I stay in the house while I use the bomb if I seal the crack in the door?
You should follow the directions on the fogger and leave home. Most homes have ventilation systems that might allow the gas to travel.
Do I need to remove shelves and knick-knacks before I use the fogger?
This depends on the depth of the bed bug infestation and the makeup of your household. If you have small children in your home, remove anything that the child is likely to touch. Foggers are designed to propel the pesticides, so you should not need to move the shelves themselves unless you suspect there is a deep and large infestation.
Personally, I would cover the knick-knacks to protect them from chemicals which may damage them. The best advice is to read the directions carefully and follow them to the letter.