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Hotshot Hot Shot® No-Pest® Strip

Advanced technology kills flying and crawling insects with an odorless vapor Enclosed hook allows you to hang unit up, or simply stand unit up on a surface, for up to 4 months protection against insects Use in closets, basements, garages, storage areas, utility areas, attics, stored boats, stored RV's and other non-living spaces.
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can i use the Hot Shot No-Pest strip in my basement?

I have just had the pleasure of "being chosen" for cluster flies in the basement of my home. I've been sucking them up with a vacuum. These Hot Shot No-Pest strips were recommended by an associate @ Home Depot, but the package contradicts itself. IE: unoccupied for 4 mo.; occupied by people for less than 4 hr. per day; etc. I just want to know if I can put 2 in my basement & not die/get sick/etc...
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State: Pennsylvania
Age: 55 to 64
Gender: Female
Level of expertise: Intermediate
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You only need one per floor. I've used them for over 45 years. They were originally sold as Gulf No pest strip in the 1970s, dissapeared for a while, then resurfaced as a Hot Shot product. Do not use in bedrooms, or the kitchen. Any common hall or open, (indoor) space is good. The living room is perfect. Once the ingredient fills the air, no insect will want to be in your home. We had cats, babies, toddlers and plants in all our apartments and houses with no negative affects. The garage or shed is perfect. Our No Pest Strips have been effective up to a year, depending on how much outside air gets into the area. They lasted at least 4 months in the screened in porch. I even caught a fly once, as it struggled to slooooowly fly past me to get to the sidelight at the front door to get out. It was weak as a snail. Keep a spare handy.
State: Connecticut
Age: 55 to 64
Gender: Male
Level of expertise: Expert
City:Hartford
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You can use it in living spaces that will not be occupied for at least four months following treatment (like a hunting cabin when you're closing it up for the year, for instance) and non-living spaces that are infrequently occupied (less than four hours per day). If you rarely use your basement, this product would be fine, but you should choose another product (like one of our foggers) if it's a living space.
State: Missouri
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will no pest strips hurt my cockateils in the next room

I live in a old house,with many drafts.don't want to kill the birds is all
State: New York
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These strips are designed for use in unoccupied areas or areas occupied by people or pets less than four hours per day (like attics, garages, etc.). If the room you're treating is totally enclosed and unoccupied, it's most likely ok, but you might want to choose one of our other products if you're uncertain. We would be happy to help if you let us know what you're trying to control.
State: Missouri
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
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small black gnats and firewood inside house

Have small area that is used for storage of a little firewood for wood stove - it being the 1'st year and now we are getting small black gnats at night attracted to small light and front window in living room. How to control because we also have 1 dog?
State: Massachusetts
Age: 55 to 64
Gender: Male
Level of expertise: Intermediate
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
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The Hot Shot No-Pest Strip is strictly for non-living areas or areas that won't be inhabited for a while. We would recommend Hot Shot Flying Insect Killer -- it will keep killing gnats on treated windows and other surfaces for up to a month. You can learn more here: http://www.hotshot.com/Products-and...
State: Missouri
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
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Does the insect (beetle) have to actually touch the strip before it will die, or does the odor kill them?

State: Virginia
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
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No, it kills with an odorless vapor.
State: Missouri
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
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moths

Can I use this in my bedroom?
State: Georgia
Age: 18 to 24
Gender: Male
Level of expertise: Intermediate
City:maretta
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No, Hot Shot No-Pest Strips are designed for use only in non-living spaces (those only occupied less than four hours a day) and living spaces that won't be occupied for several months (such as campers, vacation homes, etc.).
State: Missouri
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we have a backyard chicken coop and are having alot of flies can this be used outside for that?

State: Florida
Level of expertise: Beginner
asked 2 years, 8 months ago
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You should not use it around chickens. It's only designed for unoccupied areas, as the ingredients are inhaled. We would recommend one of our Black Flag fly traps or fly papers. There are also permethrin-based products used for poultry houses that spray automatically at regular intervals, but we do not make them. If you choose to go that route, you should contact a farm store.
State: Missouri
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
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pests

what if i use it in liveing spaces?
State: Georgia
Age: 25 to 34
Gender: Male
Level of expertise: Intermediate
City:ga
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You should not use it in living spaces. This product is not EPA-approved for use in that manner.
State: Missouri
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
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can I use the hotshot no peststrip for bed bugs

Can I use this under my coach
State: New Jersey
Age: 55 to 64
Gender: Female
Level of expertise: Beginner
City:Atlantic City
asked 2 years, 8 months ago
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No, it will not work against bedbugs, and it's not designed for use in living areas (just non-living areas like garages, campers, etc.)
State: Missouri
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Can The Strips be used for my tomato plant garden inside.

I Have an indoor garden and I grow my own vegtables. will this chemical end up in my tomatoes making them unsafe to eat.
State: Arizona
Age: 55 to 64
Gender: Male
Level of expertise: Intermediate
City:Phoenix
 
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No, you should not use indoors in living areas or around edibles.
State: Missouri
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
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Will the No-Pest Strip kill (1) thrips or (2) mites on African violets?

I have a room dedicated to my African violet hobby. I need an insect conrol that will kill thrips. I would also like to know if the No-Pest Strip would kill cyclamen mites.

Should I purchase enough Strips to cover the recommended cubic feet area of the room, or should I cover the individual lighted plant stands with plastic to enclose one strip; and, if so, for how long?

Thank you!
State: Texas
asked 2 years, 8 months ago
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This is just for non-living areas that are not occupied for more than four hours per day. It should not be used around edibles. Thrips and mites are not listed for control on this product.
State: Missouri
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Will the fumes penetrate boxes?

I want to put this in a storage pod, but everything is in cardboard boxes (that are duct taped shut), will it still be effective?
State: Indiana
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
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The No-Pest strip will kill the insects outside of the boxes. It will take a period of time for the vapor to penetrate the boxes.
State: Missouri
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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Can I use this in a closet for roaches?

Roaches are nesting in a closet that adjoins a bedroom. I want to hang this in my closet, which has a door that shuts. I am concerned because the closet is next to my bedroom. If I keep the door shut for four months, will this be okay?
State: District of Columbia
Age: 18 to 24
Gender: Female
Level of expertise: Beginner
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
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This product should not be used in any living spaces where people are going to be present. You may want to try our Hot Shot Ultra Liquid Roach Bait. Here is a link to the product http://www.hotshot.com/Products-and...
State: Missouri
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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Is it ok to use in a indoor grow environment? kill spider mites?

I spend around an hour a day, that's it, in my indoor garden. Some of the plants are plagued with spider mites... Will it kill spider mites those? And is it safe for me if I'm spending no more than an hour in there a day? Nothing else seems to kill those little things because they can multiply so rapidly... I've read great reviews about these strips doing the work to get rid of the little buggers...
State: California
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Are you growing edibles in that room? If so, you should not use the Hot Shot No-Pest Strip there. Otherwise, you could probably use it if the room is occupied so infrequently.
State: Missouri
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Does this product reach the vascular system of plants?

Does this products vapors get into the vascular system of plants? Otherwise why would it be unsafe for one to put this in their indoor garden if trying to get rid of a massive spider-mite infestation. Nothing else seems to work. I have read reviews of this product ridding spider-mites from indoor gardens.. I do not want to kill my plants and start over. Very costly...
State: California
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You can use it around plants, but not edibles. Some pesticides can be used on and around fruits, vegetables and herbs; this one is not approved by the EPA for edibles (or for areas occupied for more than four hours per day). Please take a look at our Garden Safe line of garden products for use against spider mites. Garden Safe Fungicide3 sounds like the right product for you: http://www.gardensafe.com/Products-...
State: Missouri
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Have few mini black knats in basement where me & my dog sleep-is this product ok to use

If not, what is good? Have food supplies there also.
Not sure where they are coming from.
State: Michigan
Age: 45 to 54
Gender: Female
Level of expertise: Beginner
City:Hazel Parkq
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No, this product is only designed for unoccupied areas. If your gnat problem is relatively small, take a look at Hot Shot Flying Insect Killer: http://www.hotshot.com/Products-and.... For a more widespread problem, Hot Shot Bedbug & Flea Home Insect Killer will take care of gnats for up to four weeks on contact: http://www.hotshot.com/Products-and...
State: Missouri
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will this product be of any harm to my puppy or I if it is located in the same space that we live in?

State: Alabama
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This is only for non-living spaces. You should not use it in rooms that are occupied for more than four hours per day by you or your pets.
State: Missouri
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Known to cause cancer in CA?

Can you explain this warning message and why the product has only been verified in CA to cause cancer. What type of cancer?
State: Georgia
Age: 25 to 34
Gender: Female
Level of expertise: Expert
City:Atlanta
 
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This statement has been mandated by the State of California. Please direct your inquiries to www.oehha.ca.gov.
State: Missouri
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Can I use this in my apt?

I use to buy a smaller version that could be used in the home while occupied. I live in San Antonio Tx where we have a lot of bugs, especially during the summer. I have a big problem during the summer with gnats and fruit flies. Could I use this in my apt or do you still make one for that use?
State: Texas
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No, it's only designed for non-living spaces.
State: Missouri
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closet

I am using this in a bedroom closet for moths. I am only inside the closet for about 15 minutes a day the rest of the day the door is closed. Is this use ok?
State: New Jersey
Age: 65 or over
Gender: Male
Level of expertise: Intermediate
City:swedesboro
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No, probably not. Because it kills with a vapor, it's possible that a closed door would not enclose the insecticide.
State: Missouri
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RV use, time required before using, after removing No Pest Strip

Hi, Great idea to use in a stored RV, travel trailer. But, your common statements of do not use in a living area, implies that before living in the RV, it must have the No Pest Strip removed, and the trailer aired out, before usage. How long must this living space be aired out. This is a living and sleeping area. I want to be safe. Thanks.
State: Texas
Age: 45 to 54
Gender: Male
Level of expertise: Expert
City:Austin
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Yes, you should remove the strip before using the RV. There are no airing-out indications for this product; however, opening doors and windows for a day should certainly dissipate any lingering vapors.
State: Missouri
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