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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
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
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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
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
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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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Does it kill the queen in a bee colony?

In the 1960s everyone used Shell No Pest Strips for indoor enclosed spaces. There were no warnings, that I recall regarding limiting use to non-living spaces. I use them to effectively rid buildings and attics of unwanted bee hives and colonies. A little known fact the bee removal business apparently doesn't want the public to know. I cannot determine if it kills all of the bees or if they simply abandon the hive.
State: Arizona
Age: 65 or over
Gender: Female
Level of expertise: Expert
City:Casa Grande
asked 10 months ago
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It's not listed for wasp, hornet or bee control.
State: Missouri
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To answer my own question: Five days after hanging the Hot Shot No Pest Strip it appears that the entire colony, including the queen, abandons the hive. Not a single living or dead bee was found after the most recent attic infestation.
State: Arizona
Age: 65 or over
Gender: Female
Level of expertise: Expert
City:Casa Grande
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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
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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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
asked 3 years, 2 months ago
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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
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
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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
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
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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
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
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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
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
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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
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
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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
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
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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
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
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Is this safe to use in the crawl space under our house?

State: Kansas
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Yes, you can use it in a crawl space in your home.
State: Missouri
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2 Week Use in Home For Eliminating Clothes Moths

We have a small number of clothes moths in our home that I wish to eradicate. We are going on vacation for 2 weeks in the summer and want to know if the following plan makes sense. I plan to place a strip in each affected room (2 in the larger rooms), and to seal off the kitchen with plastic sheeting. We will have the AC off so there will not be much air circulation out of the treated rooms. When we return, I will immediately remove the strips, open the windows of the treated rooms and turn on our whole house exhaust fan to remove the fumes. Does this sound sensible since I wish to avoid at all cost having to use an insecticide spray throughout the house?
State: New Jersey
Age: 35 to 44
Gender: Male
Level of expertise: Intermediate
City:Fair Lawn
 
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Yes, this treatment plan makes sense.
State: Missouri
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The Volatility of Dichlorvos

I understand that the strip works via the evaporation of dichlorvos into the air which then saturates the treated area with this gas. I also understand that some of this chemical redeposits on surfaces which is why it is not recommneded for use near edible plants and foods. But if the product settles on the surface of say non-edible items in a home (both porous and non-porous), would these surface deposits be released and removed once the room is thoroughly aired out?
State: New Jersey
 
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Thoroughly airing out the treated area is sufficient. You should not need to worry about liquid depositing anywhere but the strip itself, anyway.
State: Missouri
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Amount to Use higher Ceilings

I have read that one strip will treat a 12X12 room with a ceiling height of 8 feet. But since the active chemical is much heavier than air and assuming there is little air circulation in the room I would assume that you do not need additonal strips if the ceiling height was say 12 to 16 feet. Is this correct?
State: New Jersey
 
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Correct. One strip will treat 900 to 1,200 cu ft regardless of ceiling height.
State: Missouri
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Will the Strip Kill Clothes Moths in Their Caccons?

We plan to use the strips in our home while gone for 2 weeks to eradicate clothes moths. I undertand it will work well on the moths and their larvae, but will it kill them while they are in their cocoons?
State: New Jersey
 
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Probably not. The larvae must be exposed to the insecticide vapor, and the cocoons could act as a barrier.
State: Missouri
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Will it kill fleas in the carpet in my basement(not a living area)

I have used hot shot strips for years in my shed, porch, and pantry. They work fantastic. Have 2 hornet nests in the shed now that i know will be gone once I hang a new one.

But will it work for fleas i seem to have in the basement carpet. This is not a living area - we are there on and off but not for extended times.
State: Massachusetts
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Fleas aren't listed for control on the No-Pest Strip. We're glad to hear you have used the strips so effectively for so long for other insects, though!
State: Missouri
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HOW FAR AWAY FROM FOOD DOES THE STRIP HAVE TO BE?

State: Virginia
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You should not use it in your home, except in a garage or attic (or other area not occupied by people for more than four hours per day).
State: Missouri
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I work at a restaurant and we have a fruit fly problem. Is it safe to use this product around people and food?

State: Tennessee
Age: 45 to 54
Gender: Female
Level of expertise: Beginner
City:Knoxville
asked 2 years, 11 months ago
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No, you should not use in occupied areas or around food.
State: Missouri
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Why shouldn't it be used in living areas?

State: Ohio
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The vapors can be harmul if inhaled. this product is designed for non-living areas around the home that are occupied for less than four hours per day (like attics or garages) or unoccupied living areas (like vacation homes, boats or campers when they're not in use).
State: Missouri
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Bee control.

Will this kill wasps, hornets and yellow jackets?
State: Pennsylvania
Age: 25 to 34
Gender: Male
Level of expertise: Intermediate
City:COCHRANTON
asked 2 years, 11 months ago
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No, it won't control those insects.
State: Missouri
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Marina Spiders

We have a terrible problem with spiders on the slips at our marina on Lake Michigan.
The spiders appear to live under the dock boards and come out to make webs all over the boats and dock fixtures.
A boat left untended for a month will have spiders and webs inside and out.

We can make a lot of money if you can suggest products for inside, and on the boats, and also on the docks and fixtures.

I'm guessing a spray that will stick around the dock,even in a marine environment, a pest strip for in the boats (when un-occupied) and a spray for all the ropes and other hiding places on the boat.
State: Illinois
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This product would work great, actually. It's designed for boats and cabins that aren't in use (but Hot Shot No-Pest Strip should be removed when people get on board). For outdoor and indoor surfaces, we recommend Hot Shot Spider & Scorpion Killer, an aerosol that kills for up to 4 months (http://www.hotshot.com/~/media/Hot%...). It should not be applied directly to water, though. Hot Shot Home Insect Control Clear Formula (http://www.hotshot.com/Products-and...) also kills spiders and can be sprayed pretty much anywhere you need protection. Good luck!
State: Missouri
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I had 3 of these strips hanging in our farm house for 2 days, to control flies, will we get sick?

My daughter has flies really bad living on a farm, so I thought these would eliminate the problem. There should be a warning on the label to not hang them in the house. After reading all of the other questions and answers, I see that they are not to be hung in living quarters. My husband and I evidently misread the package. I sure hope my family doesn't get sick. She has a 17 month old and an 8 year old. I told her to remove them after I had read all the answers. They have been hanging in her house for 2 days.
State: Ohio
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Although you should not hang them in living quarters (and the label indicates that several times), it does take some time for the vapor to be released, and the precautions listed for this product concern skin contact and ingestion. If you have any adverse reactions or further questions, however, please call our first aid hotline at 1-800-633-2873.
State: Missouri
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