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This Raid Ant & Cockroach killer comes in a standard 300ml aerosol can. It has the "Raid Red" colouring, with the yellow and black writing, giving it a "deadly!" look, reinforced by a lightning bolt coming out of the word "Raid" zapping a couple of pesky creepy crawlies which are dead on their backs. At the bottom of the can it has the words "Kills Bugs Dead" - leaving you in little doubt about what you're buying.
The product is for use on indoor surfaces (hard and non-porous only) and it clearly states only to be used as an insecticide. It also claims to be effective on other crawling insects - fleas, beetles, centipedes and earwigs as well as ants and cockroaches.
The push spray nozzle is integrated into the top of the can, so there is no top to remove in any moment of impending ant or cockroach-induced doom. The place for your finger is ridged so that if greasy or wet, it stands less chance of slipping off - again, well designed for that moment of terror!
The effect of this spray is devastating to the crawly creatures, it causes visible distress and near-instant death... Be aware of this if you are of a sensitive nature. The bottom line however, is that is what it is intended for - and as such, it is an excellent product.
The spray comes out in quite a sizeable "puff" with one push of the nozzle. It deposits a white foam when it hits the surfaces, which disappears almost the instant it develops, and the deed is done. It also emits an unpleasant smell although as with all these things, you should try to avoid breathing it in if possible. (Having read the tin, I now understand that the "unpleasant smell" is actually a "pleasant country fresh scent" ah well, each to their own!) Be aware that there is a note on the can that the deposited sprays remains flammable until it's dry, so you need to keep an eye on things for a few moments after spraying.
There are three main claims from the product: 1 - swift killing power, which has been my main usage. 2 - "Insect barrier that goes on working for weeks" If you spray the product onto known points of entry for crawlies or regular haunts it forms a barrier which "eradicates" them next time they make contact. Ouch! I sprayed this around my front door at my old house and it definitely stopped the ants being around for a bit, but I can't recall it being "weeks" before re-doing, so I'm not 100% on that claim. 3 - "The control of crawling insects" which I must admit I'm not clear how that differs from being a combination of claims 1 & 2. Ah well.
There are several important warnings on the can - Extremely flammable, solvent abuse can kill instantly, harmful to aquatic life. It's active ingredients are pyrethrins (0.2%) and permethrin (0.2%).
I am glad to have this can at my disposal as it is has instantaneous and very targeted proven effects whenever it needs to be called into action.
Raid bug killing products - 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 Raid 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 there are many different Raid products, and I have tried most of the ones for flying bugs. They seem to have a sweet smell to them - even the ones that say they are odourless... Now the first blast of the product will generally knock the wasp down from wherever it is (I only use it on beasties I'm allergic to), but they will take ages to die. It's really horrid.
The product itself is semi effective but fr something that claims to kill bugs instantly it's a poor performer.
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 am not a big fan of flying things, butterflies I can cope with but wasps, blue bottles are a big no no. I like to have the windows open in the summer but unfortunately the creatures just keep coming in. I always keep a can of Raid under the sink so that I can get rid of them quickly. If not a little cruelly.
==Price and availability==
The product costs around £2.00 pounds and you can buy it from supermarkets, garden centres or multi-purpose stores such as Wilkinson's which is where I picked up my bottle from.
==Description and directions==
The can is blue and it contains 300ml of product. It is aerosol based so there is a propellant that fires out the liquid. The can has an easy to press down lid and it makes a large hissing sound as you dispense it. The idea is to spray it at the fly, around 30 - 15 cm away and it kills it. I'm not sure how it does this really but it looks like it sticks their wings together and then gases them. They end up legs up on the window sill and then I get them on a piece of paper to take outside.
It is making me feel quite disgusted as I suppose it is quite barbaric really. It is a quick and effective method of getting rid of flies though. I hate having big annoying blue bottles around, banging into windows and landing on my food so I do like to get rid of them. I am not very good at chasing round flies with newspapers and swiping at them and those fly swatters are just not that effective when you have a terrible aim. With this can you do not even need to be that close to your victim, just give it a spray and it usually disables it and it drops, a second directed spray will then finish it off. The spray has quite a large radius, it is more like a gas really so it spreads quite wide. This makes it easier to kill the prey.
What I hate about this spray is the smell, no wonder it kills flies as it chokes me too and fills the house with a horrible smell. It does fade though and thankfully it does not really leave any residue on the surfaces it touches. I would definitely recommend this product as it is always useful to have in. I had a massive wasp keeping me hostage in the bedroom the other day, luckily I managed to escape to collect my can of Raid. I took my revenge and the wasp lost!
Two summers ago I came downstairs in the morning and was greeted with ants literally all over my kitchen, they had even got into the kettle yuk. There was nothing I could do as I had never experienced ants in my house so I had nothing in that I could kill them with. I couldnt work out why they were there, the kitchen is cleared every night of any left over food and the rubbish bin emptied outside in the dustbin before bedtime. I threw a coat over my pyjamas and dashed down to the local hardware store. I must have looked like some sort of mad women I hadn't even combed my hair and this is a women who wont even open the door to the postman without putting on the war paint first, no time for that, just goes to tell you how disgusted I was at having ants everywhere.
The guy recommended Raid Ant & Cockroach killer, kills in seconds and lasts for weeks is the statement on the tin. I got home with it as quickly as I could and read the instructions.
The can says to spray anywhere where ants enter and allow to dry, insects making contact with the barrier are then eradicated in seconds. The spray is for use indoors only and must not contaminate food stuffs, utensils or food contact surfaces. It is also very toxic to aquariums and to cover the tank first. Avoid contact with skin and to wash hands after use.
Panicked now that I couldn't just spray the ants as they were all over my breakfast bar where we prepare all our food, I phoned Mr Benn for advice (he does like to give out advice does Mr. Benn). Oh he said I did see a few this morning on the kitchen window sill, but there was definitely only a few and they were not anywhere else. I looked at the kitchen windowsill and sure enough they were marching in through a hole that we had made in the window frame to push a cable through at Christmas for the lights we hung in the porch. I opened the front door and saw they all were teaming into the porch up the wall and through the hole.
I gave the porch a good spray all up the wall and around the window frame, and as it was not raining I couldn't see what harm it would do to spray around the outside of the porch as well. I also sprayed a thin line along the kitchen window sill as well as it is not near any food or preparation areas.
I went upstairs for a shower and by the time I came down all traces of ants had vanished even from the breakfast bar and the strange thing was even in the porch there was no evidence of dead bodies either. I was now calm enough to make myself look decent and go and buy another kettle I just couldnt face using the one that had been invaded by ants moments before.
That one application lasted all summer and I never saw another ant in the house.
I now use it as a precaution, at the beginning of every April I get out Raid Ant & Cockroach killer and spray the porch and window frames and I have never had an ant in my house or porch since.
Raid is sold in Supermarkets and Hardware Stores in 300ml cans as is around £3.00.
I have absolutely no idea why, but during this summer and even now the weather is cooler, our house has suffered from a large amount of flys buzzing around. At one point, I counted 7 of the things flying around our living room. Being totally unprepared for this, we had no fly spray anywhere in the house to get rid of them. All the time we didn't have any spray, it was like they knew and were teasing us with the flying around.
A solution had to be found and the most obvious one is fly spray. A rather simple and effective method of clearing these vermin. A quick trip to Asda saw me purchasing a can of Raid Fly and Wasp killer. The only reason I purchased this one was due to recognising the blue can from my youth. It is very distinctive amongst all the other fly sprays stocked. It costs £1.99 at this present time, but I'm sure at times it is on offer, so keep your eyes open.
Now, the can is blue, it is 300ml in size and has the usual warnings and instructions printed on it. Now after purchasing this, it was as if the flies knew we had it. They went into hiding and would only come out when the can wasn't near us. Eventually, I got the chance to test it out.
This is the really difficult bit. If you haven't tried to spray a fly with fly spray before, well it's an interesting challenge. The things are pretty damn quicka dn when you spray it, they seemed to have already flown through that space and disappeared to another area of the room. You have to second guess where it is going to be next and spray in front of it, in the hope it flies through that area.
Keep trying and eventually you get lucky. This is where the magic happens. The fly buzzes into a window (don't know if that happens for everyone and is not stated as an effect on the can, it just seems to happen to me everytime) and seems to buzz into the window like a drunk fly. After a couple minutes of this, the fly drops to the floor, lands on it's back and circles around. Then it stops. I'm not going to lie to you people, the fly is dead!!! It's a miracle.
Now the great thing about Raid that I have found, is you can use it for other little creatures as well. It kills a spider pretty much instantly and will despatch any insect pretty easily. It has made me into a killing machine.
I must confess, I do turn into the stereotypical hysterical pathetic woman when it comes to anything creepy and crawly. So, it goes without saying that I need something on hand to annihilate any such critters quickly & effectively, and most importantly, at arms reach.
This is where Raid comes in. I live in a 3 storey house, & like to keep 2 or 3 cans dotted around so that I have easy access to one should the need arise.
I have tried several insect killers, but find this to be the most effective. There are 2 types of household Raid - one comes in a blue can, one comes in a red can. The red can is the stronger of the 2, and the one I now most frequently buy.
The product is touted as being 'Ant & Cockroach' killer, but works on any crawling/flying insect, including spiders, beetles, centipedes, fleas & earwigs. As well as killing insects quickly, the spray is deemed to be effective for weeks & for example can be used as a barrier against insects entering your home. I can testify that this product is certainly very effective, having just faced a tarantula (well, it could have been...!) which ran out of the bathroom. Said tarantula is now lying in a shrivelled heap awaiting removal by my husband when he arrives home from work...
The active ingredients are 0.2% pyrethrin & 0.2% permethrin. The product is not safe for use around aquatic organisms, so be sure to cover or remove any aquariums before use.
The product claims to have a 'pleasant country smell', but I would protest otherwise! As with any product of this nature I would advise opening a window for ventilation when using & be careful when using around babies & pets.
Raid is a good product for the removal of ants and other small buggy cretins that may be plauging you. it actually works quite well.
My only reservation is that it is a spray and I have to be careful not to ingest the stuff when spraying so I would say not to be used around small children or asthema sufferers. I don't suffer from asthema but do have breathing restrictions at times and it can make it a bit worse if I am in the room when this product is sprayed. So Hubbie being the darling he is does it while I am out and about and the problem never arises then.
This is a good product and I would reccomend it as a deterrant for any small bugs even wasps don't like it.
It now comes in four fragrences although I have only seen the original one. These are Lemon, Country fresh, Outdoor fresh, and fragrence free.
They also do a flea killer and a flying insect killer too which is probably why it works so well on other small bugs.
there is a site on web called www. killbugsdead.com which tells you all about their range of products and has some handy tips too.
It gives you clear instructions on the tin and tells you to remove pets from the area when spraying also don't leave any food out not that you would when spraing something like this anyway.
Please excuse spellings had a bit of a day of it today. Gardening too many tiny bugs to contend with. ugh.
The slogan on the can is the selling point - "Kills Bugs Dead" - but how fast acting is it?
I have used the product a number of times and it does kill Wasps, but there is also the fact that it can take a while for them to cease all activity. In that time, there is a risk that they could become stunend, dazed and confused or disoriented. In that state, they can be dangerous and unpredictable.
There often seems to be a need to administer a slightly greater dose than what is specified on the can, though this could be me being hyper-cautious about the threat of the Wasp somewhow recovering and becoming even more vicious than is usually the case.
I would certainly rather hvae a can of this stuff available than not, quite simply because the Wasp problem seems to be quite recurrent due to the wooden surround of the skylight seeming to have been compromised.
There are claims that the base chemicals that comprise the killing element of the product have produced some insects which are either partially immune or somewhat resistant to the effects of the toxins, though this has not been backed up yet.
I presume that because the product is available over the counter, it is not allowed to be too dangerous due to potential calamities the average consumer could encounter (ie inadvertently poisoning themselves or letting their very young children poison themselves) and as such, it has to strike a balance between efficacy/potency and safety.
I have also heard that some aerosol-based oils can be used directly on a Wasp to disable it though I have not yet had the opportunity to test this claim.
All in all, I would recommend this product on a few counts. One is that it undoubtedly does kill the Wasp though if it were faster-acting it would be better. Secondly, it is far better to have this than a less effective variant or nothing at all
I am a householder based in London U.K. and have always found this product more than efficacious at dealing with all the common airborne's that the insect world attempts to share with us.
I have, only in the last 12 months, encountered a migration and foothold scenario of a small, about 1.3MM to cubed mass and small twin winged at approximately 0.70MM area per wing in ovate configuration. It is not an Aphidae and the pestilence rapidly colonises foothold at stable temperatures of around 10'c as I monitored during the colder periods adjusting ambient to external temperatures to see what their cycle triggers were at Celsius vector analysis and as a control factor to the foothold.
I have atomised other harsh alkaloids, disinfectants and other domestic brands, all bally ineffective as a significant number survive even at saturation thresholds where I emptied an entire canister in the kitchen when my heating had been running stable at environ ambience at 13'C for a fortnight and their numbers were fast approaching 1500 approximately. After leaving the environ closed for eight hours I analysed at accurate guesstimate that survival withstood kill factor at %30 and a booster had zero effect as survivors of the foothold seemed to either have resistance gene'd into their R.N.A. factors or the are mutagenic to R.N.A. adaptation.
This is extremely infuriating, being a Neopagan, I have utmost respect for life and will happily co-exist with our household bugs. To a point that is, I am no Buddhist and so intend to atomise the "Malathion" insecticide at significant potency and this will over kill the foothold.
I found these insects to be profoundly invasive to any and all packaged foodstuffs that had been folded or twisted closed as is usual and the younger emergent's have a seeming ability to fold the thorax and abdominal mass and notably able to alter the prothoraxic footprint to its absolute minimum footprint almost as if achieving two dimensional width as it also fold its wings to the same minimum sideways footprint, to gain breach to foodstuffs and products inside the creases in the folds in plastics. , paper etc.
Shamefully, as I am resistant to flag up my intellect because I am an extremely intellectual weird scientist and so keep myself under the bushel so to speak, I am intrigued from an entomological standpoint and want to study them much closer, but alas I have not a decent microscope. This is something I intend to remedy and as soon as I have my answers on this species before I cross link my findings with formal entomologicals as to accepted academia.
Goddess GAIA guide our paths so the nieve may one day all comprehend polytheist enlightenment for the good of the planet Terra and Homonid Anthro-evolution in a non destructive vector.
Mind you one has some contrition to not imprting certain knowledge but our rules are wrtten.
With this years heat wave well and truly in full flow, its time to get those doors and windows open to allow the fresh breeze to waft throughout the rooms. However, dont know about you, but our local pests flies, bees and wasps, included see this as in invitation to pop in for a bite to eat, a spot of exercise round the light shades or along the curtain poles and a sip of juice spilt by the kids.
Flies have to be the most annoying of all insects, not only are they noisy, difficult to swat they are well known for spreading germs. I have used countless cheap fly killers, but find they took an age to solve the problem. I was about to give up hope until a friend of mine said she used Raid Fly and Wasp killer and it was very effective.
I decided that I would have to invest in a can so during my next visit to Tesco I plonked one in my trolley. A 300ml can set me back £1.49. I have seen Raid in various other supermarkets and also in general stores and garden centres. The price can range from what I paid up to over £2.
Raid can be easily distinguished on the supermarket shelves. Packaged in a rich metallic blue tin, Raid is printed on in bright yellow letters along with a picture of a wasp and fly. The words Kills Bugs Dead can also be clearly seen, so this in enough to persuade me that I am buying the right product.
Made by the infamous Johnson Wax Ltd, makers of Mr Sheen and other household products, Raid has been my lifesaver. Using this product couldnt be easier, simply aim, target and fire. A couple of quick short sprays are enough to get the little blighters running for cover and within a few minutes each pest starts dive-bombing onto the windowsill and starts doing an impressive round of back-spins before dying. So pretty effective in my book.
Raids smell can only be described as horrid, very strong chemicals make up this formula, hence the lack of floral aroma. Great news if like me dreary eyed in the morning you reach for the polish by mistake.
This product is only intended for indoor use. Gees, youd be spraying outdoors all day long if it was intended for the garden. I must point out that the chemicals are harmful for pets and young children. I only spray when my kids are out of the room and only allow them to come in after 10 minutes to allow the fumes to disappear.
As with all dangerous chemicals, avoid spraying on or around food. This includes all kitchen worktops.
As I mentioned before this product has been a great investment. My can has lasted me a few weeks now, whereas before when using cheaper alternatives I was getting through at least 1 can a week. So, in my humble opinion this is worth every penny it costs. Go on and give those buzzers a run for their money.
Last night I saw a lot of cockroaches. They were running up the walls and all over the food in my cat's food. I get ill just thinking about it. I don't like cockroaches, because they are dirty, and I am sure spread germs. It is hard to keep them out of your house, because I heard, that they can make their bodies flat and get through a strong crack. I knew that Raid would help get rid of them. We got out our can, and sprayed the kitchen and around each drain. You must keep Raid away from children, because it a strong insecticide. All food must be covered. and we take our cats outside, before we begin to spray. If you have children then shouldn't be in the house. We put a cotton mask over our face before we start to spray. We also use raid for killing wasps and it works well for that. It says on the can you can use it to kill ant, flies and mosquitoes, but I don't like putting to many strong things into the air, if I don't have too. I would rather use a fly swatter. The can says it has Allethrin, Chlorpyrifos, Chlorpyrifos, Cyfluthrin, d-Pheothrin, Hydrirebem Permethrin ,Proxur, and Pyrethnns, in it. I have no idea what these things are. Before we used Raid we tried to use roach motels. There were only a few roaches in them, and I feel they were not helping and we were wasting out money. I am very happy with Raid, and if you are having bug problems I hope you will try Raid. Thank you very much for reading my review. Pam
DISCLAIMER! No wine or hair products in this one! It seems that this Summer my kitchen was the 'place to be? for the local fly population for some reason. I always get a handful of them in there, no doubt attracted by the two bowls of cat food, litter tray and yesterday's washing-up in the sink but this year there was a hideous invasion! I'm talking horror movie stuff here - too many to count, lurking in every corner, following me around my kitchen and watching my every move. I hate flies. Apart from the fact that they are annoying and dirty, there is also the possibility of maggots appearing on any stray bits of cat food that I miss on the occasions I bend down as far as the kitchen floor - yeugh! So, for prevention and cure, I have always had one of those solid Vapona fly killers placed in the kitchen quietly gassing them and it always did the trick. Ah! This year after trawling all the relevant shops and websites, I came to the conclusion that the household fly had somewhere along the line become a protected endangered species and no-one had told me. These free standing fly killers appeared to be discontinued with no similar substitutes available and a distinct lack of any other suitable fly killers was to be found. So, it had to be a good old can of fly spray then - a shoot 'em up, in other words! I invested in a can of "RAID Fly and Wasp Killer" from Tesco - "Kills Bugs Dead" it delicately claims. I paid £1.89 for a 300ml can manufactured by Jonhson Wax Ltd, more well known for their cleaning products, so I hoped I wasn't just going to get a nice sheen on my flies (if you pardon the expression!) So I went into the kitchen to do battle, grasping the menacing blue spray can in my sweaty hand I generously sprayed this stuff directly at the little beasts as well as spraying it indiscriminately around my flat. It smells strongly - a bitter, chemical smell - so it won't be mi
staken for your air freshener! Within quarter of an hour the buzzing had grown feint and I was finding little casualties on the floor, on windowsills etc - it was working! Despite this there appeared to be quite a few of the evil airbornes who lived to see another day and might require a second attack but it looked like I was winning. A successful investment. Now for some important technical bits! This fly killer is for indoor use but be cautious if you have pets around and do not breath in the spray, always spray it up into the air to allow it to disperse. If using it in the kitchen, like I had to, make sure any foodstuffs are out of the way or well covered as with any cooking/eating equipment and utensils. Avoid getting it on your skin and wash your hands after use. That's about it really! Although this (almost) did the trick for my little "problem" it's still not as good as using a round-the-clock fly killer as I had before which was far more effective as this requires you to go on a killing mission every now and then whereas the other ones just got on with the job. However it is a good weapon to have to hand!
I. INTRODUCTION: The Bottom Line: If you don't have good ventilation, you'd stand a better chance of survival just setting your house on fire and burning the bugs out... . A. B-ing Bugged By Buxom-Bottomed Blondes & Buzzin' B's Blighty boys & babes, beetle-batterers & bug-bashers, before I bury you in B.S., beware; a beautiful blonde I barely know, but know barely, brazenly bet her bed-worthy body I'd break, be beaten by the B's & back in bed, bumpin' bottoms before I'd be able to bang out this bugspray bombshell. Bruthas, you best believe I bit the bait. But now I'm biting the bullet, because I blew the buzzer. I'm still banging out this bad-boy. Bummer! The by-line's a bit behind, but the bigger bulk of my back-breaking burden bends before me. Bah! No big deal! I'm a big boy. I may BlTCH, but I'm barely beaten. I'll burn before I bend over, break or beg for a band-aid. Besides, you've benignly borne the burden of my bitter babble and boring blather with bounteous benevolence. Blessed be your blindly bestowing me with the benefit of your best beliefs. I'm beholden to your boundless beneficence. It betokens better boot than the bombastic bottom-feedings of my brash banter. It behooves my breaking the bonds of brain-block besetting my blotter, by bouncing back (I've been bottom-bound by boulder-sized buying-blues) & blithely bestowing you w/ a beau geste of my own. That being brought to book, I bring you the ballyhooed, bottom-filler of my buying-basket... that bold, blaster of basin, bathroom & bathtub-dwellers, ...that boll weevil-bullyin,' Black Widow BlTCH-slappin,' beetle-blastin,' bottle of bad-ass, ...that block-busting bane of all bugdom: "RAID ANT & ROACH KILLER!? [Insert ersatz " Stadium Standing-O" Sound Effect Here, Please.] II. HOW DO I, YOUR FRIENDLY, NEIGHBORHOOD, 29TH CANDIDATE, CHOOSE MY INSECT-KILLER? A. TH
E PRODUCT-TESTING MATERIALS: 1 17.5 Ounce Can of RAID Ant & Roach Killer (Unscented) 1 14 Ounce Can of BIOGANIC SAFETY BRANDS Insect Killer 4 Average-Sized GERMAN COCKROACHS (Imported From A Pizza Box In Venice Beach) 1 Jar (For Importing Purposes) 1 (8' x 8') Sealed Off/Contained Testing Area 1 Used Wooden-Soled Shoe (Optional) 4 Domesticated HouseCats (Optional) B. WARNING/CAVEAT: Buckle up your seatbelt. I think you may find my bug spray selection method, unconventional; perhaps a little bit extravagant, but it is thorough. I strongly advise my home-viewing audience to refrain from attempting to recreate the circumstances by which my four specially-trained, feline field assistants and I arrived at our bug-spray choice. Those who know me, are well aware of my tireless pursuit... nay, ...my downright madness-driven mission... no, still not strong enough... "my obsessive, sleepless, soul-consuming vision-quest..." --yes, that's better-- ...to provide helpful information (damn it!, there I go selling myself short again--) ...to provide previously unknowable, watershed, quality-of-life-altering break-throughs, innovations and revelations calculated to assist the buying decisions of the following (and ONLY, the following) varieties of consumer: 1) the "preternaturally perfect-product-pursuit-preoccupied prig," 2) the "persnickety, product-preview-prepossessed-prima donna," 3) the "chronically-cheap, chokingly-chincy, corner-cutting, conservation-consigned, coupon-clipping, cash-conscious, coin-counting, cost-concern-cogitator," 4) the "crowd-conscious, catalogue-collecting, clipping-collating, compare/contrast-choice-comparison-coddled, curiosity-challenged, credit-consumed, charge card-cataleptic," and finally, 5) the "dubiety-drubbed, dull-decision-dreading, department store-disspirited, daylight-depriv
ed, day-dream-driven, dilly-dally-er." Any consumer who does NOT find him/herself in any of the above-noted categories, please kindly leave the reviewing area, as your presence is neither required or desired here! I'm only kidding. I don't fall into any of those categories either. C. THE TEST: I set up a three-part test so that I could compare RAID to two alternate methods of bug disposal. The first, or "old-fashioned" method, consisted of launching my four cats after one of the four test subjects. The second, or "Non-Pesticide" method, consisted of blasting the bug with BIOGANIC, a brand that boasted it bested bugs by basting them in a batch of bio-safe Clove & Sesame oil-based bug-bomb. The third, or "RAID" method, was the same as the second, except RAID was used instead of BIOGANIC. Effectiveness of method, was determined by clocking the time required by each method to dispatch the test subject. 1) THE OLD FASHIONED METHOD: I began by turning loose one of the the imported, jar-contained test subjects (unfortunately there weren't any cockroaches around or near my living area, or SURELY they'd have responded to the miniature "want ads" I'd posted at strategic intervals about my kitchen cabinets & sink) into the preset, carefully-contained testing area. After freeing the first of four roaches, I unfettered my four, fleet-footed, feline field agents a few feet from their fleeing future food. Following fast on her foe's feet, the front-running feline first flanked, then fell flatling on her frightened future-feast. Feeling frolicsome, she flipped him ferociously to and fro in her forepaws like a fidgety flap-jack. The other felines flocked around the first, furiously foraging and finagling. Finally, one of the following felines finessed his flailing foe from the furled fist of the first feline. The four felines formed a festive, faux-field ho
ckey foursome. Though the four flick and flop their fatally flattened foe till fabric fragments flitter from his frayed form, they fail to fatally finish him off. For them the fun formally fizzles when the food finally fails to flee. 2) THE NON-PESTICIDE METHOD: The second roach was released into the arena, and thereafter sprayed with a blast of the BIOGANIC. The BIOGANIC, had a wonderfully fresh clove aroma that seemed quite pleasing for test subject #2. He seemed to look up at the spray, waiting for a second blast of it to complete his refreshing shower. I, somewhat annoyed by his audacity, complied with his wish. I complied and complied and complied. He merrily swished around in the growing puddle of BIOGANIC, thinking this was all part of the game. I was not NEARLY as amused as he seemed to be. Then it became time for my four assistants to take over the testing duties. They seemed not to mind the pleasantly aromatic, animal/children-safe residue of the BIOGANIC either. It seemed to be just the thing to get them to finish the job completely this time. 3) THE RAID METHOD: I poured the remaining cockroach and his emergency understudy onto the freshly wiped down testing area. The RAID instructions advised that I should hold the spray can 6-12 inches from the target. I moved in on the first bogey's "6" (that's fighter pilot talk for "gluteus maximus,") locked him into the crosshairs of my gun-sight, immediately got a tone, indicating missile-lock, and blasted him with a lethal salvo of the RAID. He continued forward for a brief instant, sputtered, and angled upward into a whip-stall, before doing a lazily barrell-roll onto his back and giving up the ghost in a lethal plume of RAID mist. I picked up the second bogey at 3 O' Clock low, firewalling it for cloud cover. The smell of death permeated the air around me, and I suspect he smelled the onset of his own imminent doom. I overtook him in an Imm
elmanTurn and banked into a sideslip, deftly nosing up behind him. He proved to be a bit more troublesome than his previously-dispatched wingman, fish-tailing to the left and right, so that I was unable to get a tone. He went into a sharp, left bank, and I went to my RAID-machine guns as I brought back my speed and cut off the angle on him. I squeezed off two bursts and watched as the stream of tracer fire ate it's way up the cockroach's shiny, brown wings and fuselage. Bogey #2 rolled over on his back and stopped dead at the perimeter of the test area. Once again the lethal smell of RAID-napalm filled the air, and I nearly gagged as I firewalled it up to a freer, clearer realm. D. THE TEST RESULTS CONCLUSION: RAID was more than a match for its prey. Both cockroaches, sprayed with one to two blasts of the bomb, were dead within 30 seconds. I had no doubt it would have left a handful of the critters in the same predicament as the two test subjects. I suspect that just about anything living, including humans, given enough time, would share ghastly fate of the cockroaches. This was the only real drawback I discovered with the supposedly "unscented" RAID. The cloying, lethal "petroleum distillates" smell (like napalm) lasted for about three hours before gradually dissipating. V. RAID FACTS & STATS: PRICE: $4.95 SIZE: 17,5 Ounces FORM: Aerosol Spray ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLINESS: --The spray's label claimed it's product "contains no CFCs, which deplete the ozone layer. I'm not entirely convinced of the factual accuracy of this, as it IS an aerosol disseminated product; not a "pump." ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: IMIPROHRIN (2.5-Dioxo-3-(2-propynyt)-1-imidazolidinyl (1RS)-cis.transchrsanthemate) CYPERMETHRIN (cyano(3-phenoxyphenyl) methyl1 3-(2.2-dichloroethenoyl) 2.2-dimethylcyclopropropanecarbxylate) INERT INGREDIENTS contains petroleum distilla
tes WARNINGS: Avoid contact with eyes, skin or clothing. Wash thoroughly with soap and water after handling. Do not apply to humans, pets, or plants. Do not spray on food or animal feed, dishes or utensils. Remove pets and birds if spraying indoors, cover aquariums. Thank You Very Much For Reading --29th_Candidate
If I could accompany this opinion with a soundclip, it’d be the haunting thirty-second masterpiece of every knuckle in my hands, awakening from much-extended and unhealthy slumber - an epic thunder of reawakening joints, piercing pops and bangs. And if I could accompany this opinion with a scent (I’m sure Mircosoft are working on it), rest assured it would be the stale, thick-set aroma of a neglected key(board), clinging desperately to what little light has managed to penetrate a month of dust and grim. If ever there were a reason to forgive the quality of my opinion, be it this one. Cowardice, thy name is man. Or at least under certain circumstances. The story I am about to tell is true, though somewhat humiliating for me (and a friend). My hope is that you will overlook your contempt by acknowledging the dedication I have shown to consumerism. By that I mean my willingness to tell the story in its true, un-edited form. If you feel I’ve built things up quite a bit, however, do leave now. Last Summer, I was unemployed for… about three months, I think. Though I should like to pretend I filled those months with efficient, persistent attempts to find work, I love you all too dearly to lie. My efforts to become an honest man were delayed, frequently, by my desire to not become an honest man. In practical terms, this meant that on more then one occasion I would simply rest, in good company, and attempt to regain the joyous apathy of my youth. To aid me in this quest, myself and the good company would employ the services of soft drugs and quality home entertainment, to compliment numerous life-altering conversations and semi-insane bouts of laughter. Amen. And it was during one of these very occasions, that my pledge to ‘Raid’ was made. This particular occasion gracest us with the hottest day of the summer… queue an open window, queue seats firmly within reach of the rays
it emitted. Queue the bliss of a head thick with smoke and the sun-light and the gentle breeze making love upon your face. Queue the hours passing like minutes. Queue the sudden fall of night. Now I’d never volunteer to pet a snake, but I wouldn’t be frightened if one slithered its way past me. The same goes for most traditionally terrifying animals (with the exception of lions, spiders, vultures and frogs). I can stand small places (and resist the plethora of bad-taste jokes that inspires), heights and clowns. But the one thing that truly does strike fear in my heart… moths. Did he say ‘moths’?! Yeah, moths. Moths?! Yes, sodding moths. Wow… …I know. But come on, people… picture it – eyes, black as Satan’s anus… a transfixed expression, as crude as my similes… and the FUR. Great, big cluffs of fur, spread over its wings like a botched, shit-stained carpet. There is something wholey unnerving about a moth, and what is worse… the unholy flap-flap-flapping of its movement, and the perfect, practised insanity of its path. I think we both know where this story is going, but try to bear all this in mind. With night, came the subdued period of individual melancholy and reflection. Conversation during this time is limited to grunts and points by the wise, and extended to half-arsed ‘sharing’ by the foolish. That night, we were both wise, and both about as deep in own slhit as our mediocre intellects would allow. A second later, just as Mark Kozelek was asking us to be his mistress, all hell broke loose. The creature glided through the far right of our vision, and in that moment, she was nothing less then a bat. With an agility thought impossible by cannabis scientists world-wide, myself and GC grasped and wielded the first items that came to hand, desperate to shield ourselves from the onslaught. The moth, who probably let slip a laugh as
she spied us shaking a cushion and a cork-screw at her, merely continued to swoop and glide, left to right, up and down, until we no longer felt safe from any angle. Neither of us could contain our hysteria, at least not enough to stop shouting profanity and flinching violently at the very thought of contact, and then, she came in for the kill. Across the back of my hand was the indistinguishable touch of insect hair. Actually, at the time, I was even convinced it had sunk its tiny fangs into my flesh, for just a second. This was enough to have me spring cartoon-like to the door and close it, and GC, firmly behind me. Though I had escaped immediate danger, I knew even then that permanent scars had taken seed. However, curiosity eventually got the better of me, and I looked in. There, raised on the couch like a Greek God, GC was swinging a trainer-boot to and fro, missing the bird-like intruder at each turn. Still, I had to admire his bravery – and did so, with encouraging cheers and yells. Then, somehow, he landed a blow. Like a stone she seemed to fall to the ground, sliding somewhere beneath the room’s only desk. And since GC had performed the murder, it was naturally my job to carry out the autopsy. Naturally. Slowly, I lowed my head to the floor and opened my eyes. The desk ran deep and dark. GC stood above me, breathing deeply, as I leaned a little closer in. She was either dead, or injured. She had to be. Wrong. In a mad fury, the moth flew from the darkest corner of the floor, and soared to the ceiling in a violent zigzag. I stumbled backwards, dazed, afraid, looking again to GC for help. His face was blank with terror. We hadn’t even wounded her pride. At this point, we both left via the door. It was time to step back a second and talk this through. What took place during the proceeding two hours, was a bloody, tiring war of attrition, in which we tested great numbers of make-shift weapons to virtua
lly no avail at all. Every time we struck a blow, she’d play dead and then surprise us, knocking us off guard. By the fifth shameful defeat, we declared capturing and destroying the animal the soul purpose of our being. United in fear, there developed an unspoken vow to slay the moth, even if it were to be at ,or beyond, the cost of our own mortal life’s. It was at roughly this point, GC stumbled upon his can of ‘Raid’. Holding it straight-armed into the air, the blue can became Excalibur – our glorious savoir in this hour of need. There’s was subtle, epic vibe to its entire being… the way it gliding effortlessly through the air… the snug way it fit the palm… the ease and style of the button. I gave it a short, experimental blast. A smooth, confident wave of gas sliced through the air and distributed it’s self evenly upon the carpet. Ergonomically sound, and almost entirely full. Like a battalion of soldiers after sharing a whore, we marched into the room with a new-found confidence and morale. As I clutched a tennis racket, GC readied the ‘Raid’. All we needed to do now, was find Her. And we did. Tucked peacefully beneath in the corner of floor, nestling in a random sock. I looked at GC. He looked at me. With less then feline agility, we attempted to creep up and take the girl by surprise. But she was on to us, as she always had been. In a second she was once again in the air, darting to and fro in that absurd montage of speed and direction… unpredictable, unforgiving, and, given half a chance, unmerciful. In a panic, I gave a random swing of the racket, missing completely and stumbling half way to the ground. The was her opportunity. Quickly circling GC, she flew low and glided through my legs, sending the two of us round in circles. She was tying us in knots. It was time gain some control. In a fit of rage, I began to swing my weapon madly. Red flashed
before my eyes – no longer prepared to be a victim of this creature. Lamps crashed to the ground… empty cans were accidentally cast across the room like golf balls… but despite the chaos I continued until the last drops of my energy stood to fade. Finally, by chance, I had her backed into a corner. In no time at all, GC pounced, can in hand, and sprayed an inch from the moth’s face. For a moment, she floated as if suspended from the ceiling. I could almost hear her tiny lungs cough, and see the growing veins in her eyes. GC was still spraying strongly, grinning and nodding like a maniac. I put my hand softly upon his shoulder, and he stopped, shaking his head as if emerging from a strange trance or dream. Side by side, we watched quietly, as the She fought bravely to say in the air. But it was no use. After a few seconds of struggle, she fell flat onto the ground. We peered over. Aside from the final flinch of her tiny legs, our enemy had finally been defeated. And that was that. No surprise come-back, as we half-expected, just an honourable death. Looking at the moth, lying still on her back, I couldn’t help but feel the hate and anger drain away, like losing her how somehow sprung leak within me, and all that was left in my heart was sadness. There was an absurd, yet clear and absolute dignity in the air, and though I did not feel guilt, I did feel sorrow and the tiniest prick of regret. Gently, I scoped her onto a piece of paper, and committed her mortal remains to the Northumbria sewage system. As she span in the toilet water, moving closer to the point of no return, I understand instantly the message of the night’s bizarre events, and a feeling of euphoria engulfed me. Never leave a window open on a hot summers night, and if you do, have a can of ‘Raid’ ready. You never know when some bird-like demon might swoop in, and disturb your slumber for ever. PS -
I am deeply unhappy with the length and content of this opinion... I've also not bothered to re-read so it could be littered with mistakes. Sorry it was so long and sorry the intro didn't pull off at all. Take care, I love you. P. PPS - Please observe the irony in a product called 'Raid' aiding what was basically a minor drug session, or I've wasted my time. Thank you. P.
I know I should be braver than I am and I do try to be kind to things like bees and wasps as they do such a lot of good in the garden. But most of the time I'm just too terrified to try and catch them in a jar with a piece of card slid neatly and carefully underneath. I do use that method on occasion, I simply can't ignore them, my fear won't let me. It doesn't matter how many times the phrase 'Ignore it, it won't hurt you if you leave it alone.' gets trotted out, I know different ok? Wasps especially are evil demons from hell that will take every chance they get to get rid of those nasty stings to defend themselves. For the flies I've bought a Venus Fly Trap, although this won't get every fly that comes into the house. I'm not scared of flies I just think they are dirty, as they walk through all manner of things and vomit on food before they eat it. So I make sure everything is covered and put well out of their way. I don't like them laying their eggs in every corner they can find either. So for those occasions when the phobia of beasties really has a grip on me Raid is a perfect solution. You see it knocks them down straight away; no messing and coming back for revenge, just down dead in seconds. I was amazed when I used it for the first time, some years ago. My phobia was a lot worse then and in the summer time I carried a tin in my bag wherever I went. Raid is for killing wasps, flies, mosquitoes and other fling insects.It's made by SC Johnson, a trusted long-established brand name. Conditions of Use This is a powerful insecticide and care should be taken to read the guidelines and instructions before use. The control of substances hazardous to health regulations (COSSH) 1988 may apply if you are using this product at work. Spray it in short bursts only into the air. 1 second of spray will release 5g of Raid into the air. I find that two short bursts u
sually does it if you are close enough to the beast. Don't breath the mist in and cover all food and food preparation surfaces, equipment and utensils before you use it. Cover any fish tanks and bowls before you spray, as it is harmful to fish. Raid is approved under the Control of Pesticides Regulations1986 for use as stated on the can. Also on the can it says if you want to clear the room completely of flies and other flying insects you should first cover everything as I mentioned previously, spray a few short bursts into the air only and then keep the doors and windows shut for ten minutes. Although it doesn't say so here I would advise you and yours to leave the room and make sure your pets are also out of harms way as inhalation can be harmful and even fatal. So plenty of precautions to be taken, if you do want to use it and make sure you wash your hands after using and although I know it should go without saying, I'm going to say it anyway, keep out of the reach of children. I still use this from time to time, if I didn't, then there would be days when I couldn?t go into the room if there was a bee or wasp buzzing around and that just isn't practical. I will never get over my fear of beasties completely and so for me this is my little saviour in a can. Sorry beasties you've just got to go!
Raid Ant & Roach Killer kills on contact with no lingering chemical odor and will keep killing bugs for up to four weeks. Available in an easy-to-use aerosol can, this insecticide uses broad spray patterns for good surface coverage. / Use Raid Ant & Roach Killer directly on roaches themselves, as well as in their hiding places. It works swiftly on ants, cockroaches, fleas, beetles, centipedes, earwigs and other household pests / Directions for use: / Shake well before use. Hold container upright. Do not spray up into air. Apply to surfaces only. Point spray opening toward surface to be sprayed and press button firmly / Hold about 12 " from surface being sprayed. Spray until surfaces are wet. Avoid excessive wetting of asphalt, tile, rubber, and plastic materials / More frequent application will be required to maintain control on plywood surfaces. Repeat treatment as necessary / For roaches, waterbugs: Spray until wet in cracks around baseboards and other hiding places. When bugs are driven out, spray directly / For ants: Apply to ant trails, also around doors, windows, and wherever ants enter the house / For silverfish, crickets, spiders, the Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle: Spray areas infested by these pests