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Hot Shot Bed Bug and Flea Fogger Review

Updated on November 7, 2017
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Hot Shot Fogger

Bed Bug & Flea Fogger
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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
  • Black+Decker
  • ArmorAll
  • STP
  • National Hardware
  • Fanal
  • A/C Pro
  • George Forman
  • Black Flag
  • Juice Man
  • Baldwin
  • Garden Safe
  • EcoLogic
  • 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.

Reviewing Effectiveness

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


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        Melody Trent 4 weeks ago from United States

        Hey joe. I have another article about sealing up cracks and crevices. Caulk can be good to seal spaces between the walls and the floor. However, if you are able to get trim, then you can secure it tightly to block the gap.

        There is also expanding spray foam and wall tape that can be painted over. Cracks in drywall can be repaired with plaster. But, the cheapest way is to get clear caulk and use it anyplace that might be a good hiding spot for bugs.

        If you chose to seal you have to do an 100% job, otherwise the bugs will just come back, and have a place to hide.

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        Joe C. 4 weeks ago

        How do u seal? What do u seal with?

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        LYNDA 5 weeks ago

        Unfortunately,I had these nasty little creatures before,like 30yrs ago..I got read of them in 2weeks...followed directions to a T...left nothing out...3rd week..

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        Betty's mom 5 weeks ago

        I bought this product..and wow what HUGE disappointment!!!!! I spent $25,hurried home...to bomb...do as instructed...and to my amazment..I have a worse infestation now than before..so bad I have to have an exterminator come.

        If had known this was going to happen I would have never!!!ever!!!!waisted my $25. I have 3 ppl whowerewith me...and they too, couldn't be

        Believe it....keep your trash!!!

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        Melody Trent 4 months ago from United States

        Hi Linda. No, that is not unusual. In fact, it may be a really good sign. It might mean that the bed bugs are contained to a certain area. Are there other beds in the house?

        If not, then it could mean that someone who sat on your couch brought in a bed bug. It could have been you or a family member, even.

        There are some public places infested where you can pick them up, or you could have picked them up at someone else's house. Or, it could have been a guest.

        If you address the problem now, you may never have to worry. Are there bed bugs in any cracks or crevices? Have you checked other furniture in the room? Is it carpeted?

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        Linda 4 months ago

        I've noticed bed bugs but not in my bedroom in my living room furniture is this unusual

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        Teresa Swigert/Barnett 4 months ago

        I discovered that I had bedbugs and used the hotshot bedbug spray. I have a bug fobia and moving and leaving everything there in the house was my first thought. But I stood strong and pulled my possey together. One person for every room. We opened all drawers and cabinets, pulled mattresses off beds(leaving a corner of mattress hanging on boxsprings) so that bombing spray can get to all areas. (Cover kitchen appliances). Each person sets their bomb off in a domino effect. Leave house for two hours. Clean(and) wash all linen from beds. I started linen from beginning putting unwashed linen in trash bags closed tightly. I also bought mattress covers for prevention of bedbugs. At wal-marts for 49.00 dallors(cheaper plastic covers for box springs) Hot Shot Bed Bug Spray does work, "team work" thats the key that works with the spray...

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        Tm 15 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 etc..it'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!

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        Kumar 16 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.

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        Confused reader 18 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

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        Wali 19 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.

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        Satisfied customer so far... 2 years 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!

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        Anna 2 years 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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        Melody Trent 2 years ago from United States

        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.

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        melissa 2 years 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

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        Carie 3 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!

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        life4me 4 years ago

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

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        Joshua 5 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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        Melody Trent 5 years ago from United States

        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 5 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!