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14 Nov 2010

The ugly truth about bedbugs

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November 14, 2010 Category: Beauty Posted by:

The truth about bedbugs certainly isn’t pretty — and neither is their appearance. But think of it this way: it’s better to know what you’re dealing with than to risk leaving yourself and your loved ones in the dark (potentially with bedbugs).


Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Bedbugs


Get the facts about bedbugs and start preventing infestations before they happen.


If you have a bedbug problem or you’re worried about getting an infestation, there are several important facts you simply must know about bedbugs. But instead of spending hours researching online, let the experts at Hot Shot insecticides be your guide with this no-nonsense list of top bedbug facts and information that puts you on the path to preventing bedbug outbreaks.


  1. Since the early 2000s, bedbugs have been on a serious resurgence thanks, in part, to increased global travel/trade, immigration and bans on the indoor use of pesticides. Although bedbugs are rarely transported directly on your skin, they have plenty of other modes of transportation, including suitcases, backpacks, clothes and shoes, boxes, shipping crates and secondhand furniture.
  2. Although they are pesky and persistent, bedbugs are not known for transmitting diseases, though they occasionally do. However, the emotional effects of bedbugs can be just as crippling. Stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue are just a few of the emotional reactions to the infestations of bedbugs. Their frequent feeding can disrupt a person’s sleep and make them irritable, and seeing bites or the bugs themselves often causes emotional distress or embarrassment.
  3. Contrary to popular belief, bedbugs are not strictly drawn to unclean environments. They can pop up just as easily in upmarket hotels, hospitals, college dorms, laboratories, airports, planes, movie theaters, homes and even in schools! All they have to do is attach to your luggage, clothes, shoes or other belongings.
  4. No one is safe from bedbugs if exposed to an infested area, but those who travel frequently are at an increased risk of getting an infestation.
  5. Remember that reactions to bedbug bites vary. Some people have no reaction or get small bedbug welts similar to mosquito bites (an allergic reaction to the saliva injected while the insects feed), while others may experience secondary skin infections from scratching itchy bedbug bites.
  6. Don’t let itchy bedbug bites — or their absence — fool you. Like mosquitoes, bedbugs are attracted to certain body chemistries and CO2 emissions; therefore, one person could have bedbug bites while another person sleeping in the same bed could remain bite-free.
  7. Bedbugs need blood to mature and reproduce. The bedbug life cycle is long, so the longer they go undetected, the worse the bedbug infestation will be.
  8. Bedbugs feed for about 5-10 minutes at night, drop off of their hosts and crawl to a sheltered crevice where they’ll remain for several days while digesting the meal.
  9. Early detection of bedbug infestations finds the pests closer to the surface, such as in the tufts, seams and folds of mattresses and daybed covers. Later, they burrow deeper into the cracks and crevices of bed frames and stands. If allowed to reproduce and multiply, they hide behind baseboards and pictures and in window and door casings, moldings, furniture, loosened wallpaper and plaster cracks and partitions.
  10. The common bedbug will feed on a variety of animals but prefers humans, so pets such as dogs and cats are usually not major hosts.


Three-Step Bedbug-Killing Plan


Whether you decide to treat bedbugs on your own or call a bedbug exterminator is a personal choice — and one that should be made based on the severity of the bedbug infestation. Typically, you can eradicate the bedbug problem on your own using Hot Shot insecticides’ three-step treatment plan below. But if you’re not comfortable using do-it-yourself insecticides, scroll down this page to find a list of alternative bedbug treatment methods to fit your needs.




Hot Shot liquid gallon sprays provide residual and contact control of bedbugs in their common hiding places.


TRY: Hot Shot Bedbug & Flea Home Insect Killer


  • Kills on contact
  • No oily residue or film
  • Also kills carpet beetles, clothes moths and ticks


BEST FOR: Furniture, floorboards, walls, clothing, bedding and baseboards


WHEN TO USE: Apply as a spot treatment to all bedbug hot spots inside your home during routine self-exterminations throughout the year. And when returning from a trip (especially abroad) or an area where you suspect an infestation, it’s best to spray and wash all luggage and clothing even before bringing it back into your house.



Use Hot Shot aerosols for spot treatments.

TRY: Hot Shot Bedbug & Flea Killer


  • Kills on contact
  • Kills bedbugs, fleas, brown dog ticks, spiders and silverfish
  • Water-based


BEST FOR: Classic bedbug hiding places, including cracks and crevices and behind furniture and appliances, especially bed frames, mattress tufts, folds and seams


WHEN TO USE: If you spot a bedbug, spray it on the spot. You can also spot treat areas where signs of bedbugs — such as blood or excrement stains — are evident.



Use Hot Shot foggers to treat large areas of your home with protection you can count on.


TRY: Hot Shot Bedbug & Flea Home Insect Killer


  • Kills on contact
  • Kills bedbugs, fleas, lice and ticks
  • Kills fleas and their hatching eggs for 7 months
  • Inhibits flea re-infestation for up to 7 months


BEST FOR: Attics, bedrooms, basements, campers, boats, garages, pet sleeping areas and more


WHEN TO USE: When signs of bedbugs are evident — and even overwhelming — and you need to cover a large space, foggers can be used to thoroughly reach all infested and potentially infested areas in a room.


Visit the Hot Shot website for more information on their insecticides’ top bug-busting products.

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