Roach and Ant Killer
Hot Shots is no stranger to me. I have used their products in the past, most notably, their flea killer which does work pretty well. Their products are no doubt lethal on vermin, but at times, they can feel lethal to people, and I've also heard on plants and pets. The spray is a very good vermin killer, yet it has one serious flaw I will address soon.
The spray is listed to kill: Cockroaches, Ants, Carpenter Ants, Crickets, Firebrats, Fleas, Silverfish, and Spiders **** I killed a fly this morning rather quickly****
Hot Shot Roach & Ant Killer for the most part does exactly what it says. It does indeed kill roaches, and I've used it several times already. The spray fires in a spread and it wets the areas pretty good. When it makes contact with the roaches they don't have much time to live. Like the Raid products, they're normally dead in seconds. Recently due to the heat mainly, because my home is very clean. I was developing a small roach problem on my sink. Every day a baby roach would turn up so I thought an egg may have been hatched. I removed all the items from underneath and on top of the sink, I began spraying and without much thought to it I left the house. Since then, I haven't seen a roach there since.
The spray isn't oily, but it does leave a residue that keeps working. The can is listed to kill for up to 12 weeks. It's been 3 weeks already and I haven't seen a roach there since, but I just have my doubts. A couple of days ago, I saw another roach in my bathtub and I sprayed it. I ran water into the bathtub and then I went to take a shower about 20 minutes later, and I noticed the smell was still around, and it was everything but pleasant. It was very strong and hard to ignore, even when I was taking a shower I just couldn't stop coughing. Unlike Raid Fragrance Free where you barely notice the smell. Hot Shot lets you know it's still there and you will have to air the place out. Which kind of defeats the purpose if you have a serious roach problem and plan on taking care of it right there. I wouldn't dare take the risk in completely exterminating an apartment or house if I can't leave right away, and here lies the problem; you must exit the home or area after using this. At least that's what it looks like to me. And who's going to do that at 12 midnight?
In all fairness though, the directions does state in the How to Use section (here's the most important part): Point spray away from people, pets, and plants. Do not use as a room spray. Do not allow people or pets to contact treated surfaces until spray is removed.
There's a little bit more, and I will leave that part up to potential buyers since all roach sprays state that same particular thing (I will add it if asked though). But the key note is that second sentence for me, which isn't on other products. I bought this product without reading the directions or noticing the STOP sign which is used as the warning, and encourages potential buyers to read first. If I still had pets in the house and treated this the same way I do Raid products, there's a chance the animals could have died, and it would've been my fault. If I never saw a reason to read warning labels for things like this, I see one now and I will never buy something like this again assuming it's like something else.
The can mentions that the spray has a fresh floral scent. Perhaps it's talking about the flowers that will be at my grave, should I ever find myself stuck in the house using this stuff. The smell is nothing like that, it's hard to describe, it has this very annoying and bad smell like the old original roach sprays from decades ago, that were very hard to tolerate. I kill roaches on a regular basis for tenants, but I really shouldn't have to feel like I'm sentencing myself or someones pets to the gas chamber while doing it. I really find the smell to be that bad. If you're the type who suffers from allergies, then I highly recommend avoiding it. The can also comes with directions that are both worded and in picture diagrams. The only issue I have with the directions is that they do not state how long one should be out the area after spraying.
After thinking about it, I don't consider this a bad spray. I believe it's good if you plan on hitting all the possible areas pest normally hide or a basement, and then leaving for a few hours. But it might be best to forget this product altogether and try something else.
-Kills roaches on contact
-Strong smell, must take many precautions
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