Raid is a very well known product, which is famous for killing flying insects and wasps. It is a fairly expensive product, in my opinion. However there are very few other products on the market which do the same job, so it's one of those things you have to pay the higher price for.
Having recently moved into a property where there are a lot of flies I thought I would give this product a go.
I would not rate it particularly highly. To start with, this product smells absolutely disgusting. It is a little like somebody has mixed a bucket of chemicals with some marigolds or some other unpleasant flower.
Second it is actually not that effective at killing flies. I find that it takes quite a lot of product to kill even the smallest fly, and they die what appears to be a slow and painful death.
After you spray the fly it will invariably fly around erratically for a good few minutes before dropping dead, usually in a horribly inconvenient place.
You have to use a fair amount of Raid to get things to die, which means your whole home will inevitably be filled with the disgusting smell.
Unsurprisingly, this product is made with a lot of very nasty chemicals. This means that you have to be careful where you spray it, spraying it around plants or Fishtanks is a bad idea. We all know that the sort of pesticides are not great for the environment.
All in all, this product does not leave you feeling good. Not only are you murdering (!) creatures and polluting the environment - but you're doing it in effectively and with a disgusting after scent.
This is a last resort product, in my opinion. I think it's far better to leave the window open and hop the stupid creatures find their way out on their own!
I always swore by Raid products. If it had the Raid company name on it, before, you could always count on it to work effectively. It was like their advertising said "kills bugs dead." I was expecting that this fly spray would work like that. That you would do as the directions say, spray the flies and they would fall over dead. This is NOT how it happened. I think they thought it was some sort of pleasant fly cologne or maybe they were getting high inhaling the rather obnoxious scent. But they were not dropping from the air dead. No, the continued to fly about and be annoying. The scent was really strong and hard to breathe with it in the air. I think in the end more of the insects were killed by drowning in the Raid fly spray not from being poisoned. I was very disappointed. This might be an attempt to use safer chemicals, less unhealthy items. But whatever the cause may be I did not find this spray to be effective.
I've had 3 wasps come in to my bathroom since Saturday. 1st time I used it, it worked instantly, used it last night on another one, seemed to take hours for the wasp to die. Went to bed having dosed another one tonight - went to bed about 10.30, after it seemed to be dead in the bath (was going to get rid of it in the morning), have got up and it's moving! - seems to just send them to sleep for a few hours, or certainly seems to take a long time for them to die (probably would be more humane just to squash it, but I'm a bit squeamish about that). Seems to have lost it's effectiveness within a week!
I don't like using too many products around the house that contain chemicals but this summer we have been inundated with flies around the house and I felt the need to actually use fly killer as opposed to just trying to ignore them and continue using a splatter. I think it must have had something to do with the wet weather and although I don't take any pleasure in killing flies they are dirty insects especially the bluebottles and I really don't like them in the house especially near food so the bottle of Raid had to come out.
Raid is an amazing fly killer and one that I have been using on and off for years as it has more than proven itself time and time again in being one of the easiest and quickest ways of dispatching flies. A fly swatter is all well and good but when you can't actually get the little blighters to stay still long enough to get them you need to spray them with something that will hit them even if they are flying and drop them to the floor quickly and this is where Raid comes in.
Raid Fly and Wasp killer is a chemical that comes in a 300ml spray can that resembles a can of hairspray. To use it all you have to do is aim it in the general direction of the fly and press down to release the chemical and 9 times out of 10 it will kill the fly on the first go. Because it is a disperses in the air in quite a wide area even if you miss the fly directly it will usually still do the job. It also makes it a lot easier to directly target the fly if it is still at the time and unlike with a splatter the fly won't have the chance to fly away before you have got it. I like the fact that this kills flies in such a quick way and they drop from the air almost as soon as the spray hits them so I don't feel as bad thinking that they might be suffering.
Supposedly holding down on the spray for a few seconds will fill a whole room and kill all the flies in it but I honestly have never found this to be the case and if you really do want to spray an entire room then it would be better to spray some short bursts at different points in the room. The smell from the spray also isn't as bad as some others and Raid have really improved this in recent years. When I used to use Raid a few years ago it had a really strong chemical smell to it which you could actually taste when spraying but now the smell is nowhere near as bad and is so subtle that within about 5 minutes or so I can no longer smell anything.
As well as killing flies and wasps the spray can be used on most flying insects including midges. This used to be a real lifesaver when I lived in the countryside in summer when my room would be filled every night with them. I don't have to use it nearly so much for midges since I moved back to town but if you are having problems with midges biting you in the night then this might be something to consider.
Raid Fly and Wasp killer is fantastic at doing what it is supposed to and killing flies and other flying insects but at the end of the day it is still a chemical so you do need to be careful with it. I would much rather use something all natural to eliminate flies and there are some good all natural products on the market but at the end of the day sometimes these just don't work well enough and I know that I can rely on this to completely eliminate them. The only problem with it is having to pick all the little flies up off the floor after they have dropped and died.
Raid Protector Fly, Wasp and Mosquito Killer - Around £2 - £2.50 per 300ml depending where you get it
Now I'm more than a bit allergic to bee, and wasp stings, so I tend to have a bottle of this lying around constantly in the summer months as an insurance against ever having to use my epi-pen. I hate to do it, and will try to shoo them out the window first, but for the nasties that just won't take the hint I do have to give in. (I hate getting rid of the bodies)...
Now the bottle says this stuff is made using natural ingredients. It also states that it kills bugs instantly. It says it is odourless and it basically is - although it smells a bit sweet, and does seem to work on the bugs - eventually. They seem to fall to the floor / window ledge or whatever, and then throw themselves about for what seems like ages. It's awful. (I have to say at this point I'm a bit of a softie, and even though I hate spiders I will take 30 minutes to build up the courage to put a glass over them, and then another 30 minutes working up the courage to actually move them rather than have to dispose of the body...)
But hearing the wasps is awful. They seem to have spasms - or seizures or something.
This product is not quick or very humane. (And putting them out of their misery makes me feel sick)...
I was doing my usual shop at the weekend when I saw a new product called RAID Fly Wasp & Mosquito Killer but with Protector, well I looked closely at it and it is says it is odourless, hmm I thought, I might try this as the others I had used seemed to be ineffective (or have my flies & bugs just got immune to the stuff). Living in the country surrounded by farmland there are a lot of different flies and bugs some I have never seen before.
When I got home I tried it out, I sprayed it into the air and then sniffed; I could hardly detect anything, it is not completely odourless and not offensive in any way, (it has an ingredient from the Chrysanthemum Flower) in fact it was quite pleasant. My dogs usually get their noses right under the spray out of curiosity and then they start sneezing, but not this time, this time they didnt even notice I had sprayed it. I know it usually tells you to leave the room once youve sprayed and not it inhale the spray but I wanted to test it.
I havent seen a flying insect in the house since. It was a joy to use.
In more detail
I paid £1.99 from Sainsburys for a 300ml can
Dont know if I can use quotes from the can but here goes:
It is described as follows:
FOR USE ONLY AS AN INSECTICIDE.
Raid Protector Fly, Wasp & Mosquito Killer with Natural ingredients gives you:
Effective protection against flies, wasps, mosquitoes and moths with a natural ingredient based on natural pyrethrum, derived from the Chrysanthemum flower. Raid Protector kills all flying insects immediately. Contains an odourless formula.
Contains pyrethrum extract (pyrethrins), 0.25% w/w.
For complete clearance keep all doors and windows closed for 10 minutes after spraying. Keep at least 1m away from walls and surfaces. A 5 second burst will treat an average sized room of 30 cubic metres.
DO NOT BREATHE SPRAY. DO NOT CONTAMINATE FOOD STUFFS, EATING UTENSILS OR FOOD CONTACT SURFACES.
It is also advised:
· To remove or cover open food, food preparation equipment and eating utensils.
· Remove or cover terrariums, aquariums, animal cages and bowls before application.
· Turn off aquarium air-filter while spraying.
· Do not empty into drains.
· Do not spray onto people or pets.
· Do not spray on a naked flame, electrical equipment or any incandescent material.
This product is approved under The Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 (as amended) for use as directed.
I highly recommend this product it really works and is virtually odourless .
Raid Fly and Wasp Killer is specially formulated for the control of flying insects including flies, mosquitoes and wasps / Kills bugs dead! - kills flying insects in seconds / Suitable for use indoors in kitchens and other rooms in domestic situations.