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Does Hot Shot Kill Bedbugs?

Hot Shot is a brand of products that quickly kills household pests, including bedbugs. The Hot Shot bedbug products are available as either an aerosol spray, fogger or ready-to-use sprayer. In ridding your home of bedbugs, you can use these Hot Shot products on individual bedbugs and small spots or on larger areas.

Hot Shot is a brand of products that quickly kills household pests, including bedbugs.  The Hot Shot bedbug products are available as either an aerosol spray, fogger or ready-to-use sprayer. In ridding your home of bedbugs, you can use these Hot Shot products on individual bedbugs and small spots or on larger areas. 

Hot Shot Aerosol

Hot Shot Bedbug & Flea Killer Aerosol is the company's spray that is designed to kill bedbugs on contact.  The water-based aerosol contains 150% n-octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide and 040% sumithrin, which are both chemicals often used in pesticides. The aerosol is available in 17 1/2 oz.  cans. The aerosol is the choice when you want to seek out, spray and kill individual bedbugs, such as on the floor, and when you wish to spray specific areas within a room where you have spotted bedbugs. 

Hot Shot Bedbug & Flea Fogger

Unlike an aerosol spray, a fogger is used when you wish to treat an entire area, such as a room, to rid the bedbugs of their usual hideouts.  When the bedbugs come into contact with the fog or with any areas that the fogger has treated, they die. Hot Shot Bedbug & Flea Fogger is designed as an effective, long-term control against bedbug infestations. 

Hot Shot Ready-to-Use

Hot Shot Bedbug & Flea Home Insect Killer Ready-to-Use is also designed to deliver long-term bedbug control, lasting up to four weeks after application.  To correctly use it, spray the product into the cracks and crevices where bedbugs find hiding places, as well as around baseboards, walls and beds. If you use this product on mattresses and box springs where you have noticed bedbugs, spot treat these items, focusing on the folds and seams where bedbugs set up residence.  Make sure you allow any spots that you spray to fully dry before you use the mattress or box spring.

Spotting Bedbugs

Spotting and identifying the symptoms of bedbugs is the first step in fighting them.  If you notice a musty odor in certain rooms or find mosquito-like bites on different parts of your body, such as your arms, face or neck, it can indicate bedbugs. The giveaway is when you visually find the small, flat, reddish-brown insects or their shed skin.  Thoroughly look in the cracks and seams of mattresses, bedding, bed frames and box springs. Also search your carpet and luggage, as bedbugs often move from one area to another by hitching a ride in travel items. 

About the Author

Christopher John has been a freelance journalist since 2003. He has written for regional newspapers such as "The Metro Forum" and the "West Tennessee Examiner." John has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Memphis State University.