Why is it that flies and wasps have the entire northern hemisphere to fly in and yet they are so attracted to my house? Not only that but they have obviously been discussing the benefits of my home with larger flying monstrosities and every summer for the past couple of years we've had hornets which, if you've never seen one, are terrifyingly huge. Flies irritate me because they are so stupid, but wasps and hornets I know are just looking for an opportunity to attack. It's therefore all out war when one enters my home. I have to say that I'm an animal lover and I hate to see anything suffering or being killed, but I've had an aversion to wasps ever since I was stung by one as a boy.
For some reason, last year was particularly bad for flies and wasps, although we only had a few hornets in the house. The usual spray that I buy had all sold out at Wilkinsons and I saw Sanmex Fly and Wasp killer which looked to be just as effective from reading the details on the can, so I bought some, thinking that anything is better than nothing.
PACKAGING AND CONTENTS:-
The can is red and blue and has what looks like a lightning bolt on the front with a suitably-zapped fly lying on its back. It claims to be fast acting and it does say that it's suitable for use as a household insecticide. The reverse of the can is full of warnings about what not to do, has a list of ingredients which should scare any fly or wasp reading it and has brief instructions as to how to use the spray. What did surprise me that 99% of the product is made up of perfume, emulsifiers, solvents and butane propellant with only 1% appearing to be killing agent. It does comply with the United Nations shipping regulations and has Health and Safety Executive approval, according to the can, and can be used for killing wasps, mosquitoes, midges and other flying insects.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS FLY SPRAY:-
To use the spray you simply shake the can, pull off the red plastic top which exposes the white spray nozzle, and squirt the offending fly or wasp from, according to the instructions, a distance of 3 to 5 feet. This is reasonably effective for smaller flying insects, but In my experience, squirting a large fly or wasp from 5 feet away is totally ineffective and they just laugh at you. Unless you want to use a large proportion of the can, you need to get quite close to a larger fly such as a bluebottle and give it a good blast for 3 or 4 seconds. A wasp is a different matter, though, and you need to risk life and limb, giving it repeated sprays until eventually it drops down and expires. Apparently you can also clear an entire room of insects by closing the doors and windows and spraying around the room (something which, fortunately, I've not had to do).
The smell of the spray is not very pleasant - it smells a bit like toxic furniture polish. You should definitely not inhale it (one of the warnings on the can says 'solvent abuse can kill instantly' - I can't imagine anyone wanting to sniff this, but each to their own!) and it should never be sprayed near food or fish tanks. I usually hold my breath when spraying this, but I have had a couple of instances where I have breathed in some of the fumes and it's not to be recommended - it leaves a burning sensation in the throat for a short time. The smell of the spray doesn't linger too long - 2 or 3 minutes and I can't tell that it's been used. It is a flammable substance, so it should not be used near naked flames, a particularly pertinent warning in view of the ever-increasing popularity of Yankee and other scented candles.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:-
The spray comes in a 300ml size and I believe I paid around £1.50 at the time. I know it was a lot cheaper than the usual fly spray that I buy. To be honest, I'm not sure if you can still buy this in Wilkinsons. I've not seen it in supermarkets, but then again I've not looked for fly spray recently.
I'm afraid that this is a classic case of 'you get what you pay for'. It is quite effective on flies and will eventually kill wasps, but is nowhere as near as effective as other fly and wasp killers, although you will pay more for those. I wouldn't buy this again for the simple reason that I don't find that it does what it claims on the can as efficiently as other products and as such can only give it 3 stars
WHAT IS IT?
A spray pesticide to kill flies and wasps.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You can either spray directly at the fly or wasp to kill it almost instantly or spray around the windows and into the air before vacating a room and shutting the door to kill any flying insects that are around.
IS IT EFFECTIVE?
It is very fast acting on flies but you have to spray wasps from nearer than I want to get to them before it kills them. Sometimes if you spray a wasp it will anger it and it may try to attack you. The spray works best on house flies and I have noticed that if you get a blue bottle in your house they are sometimes too big for the spray to be very effective.
WHAT I THINK
This is the only fly spray stocked in my small local shop so it is the one I buy most often, it costs about £1.50 but a can is used up very quickly. It is easy to direct the spray because the nozzle is very thin so it is accurate.
I like that it doesn't make flies suffer for longer than they have to. A house fly will die in less than 15 seconds but bigger flies and wasps take longer and I always feel very sorry for them because their legs and wings move as if they are in pain. Sanmex isn't toxic to humans but I do not spray it when my children are in the room unless it is a wasp that is trying to get near to them and then I remove them from the room as soon as I have sprayed it.
If you spray a long burst into a room before leaving you will come home to lots of small dead flys on your window ledge so that proves the spray works. You mustn't spray around food or drinks but that is common sense. It doesn't smell very nice but hasn't got a harsh smell as bad as other fly sprays and doesn't make me cough.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
PRICE: Currently £1.85 for 300ml at my local Sainsbury's
I hate wasps, I hate flies and I hate summer! I am largely a person who respects life, but my neurosis gets the better of me whenever anything huge and buzzy enters my abode and won't leave me in peace. Having meandered through my 58 years of existence without ever being stung by a wasp, I don't want to break that squeaky-clean record now.
I'm always on the lookout for effective fly/wasp zappers and have yet to find a humane method which is even halfway effective, so at the beginning of this summer I took the plunge and for the first time ever, bought a couple of cans of Sanmex Fly & Wasp Killer to see if it was any different to the others. Some of the others are very effective at quickly strangling the life out of the fly and wasp population, but are more expensive and don't smell too pleasant.
This product comes in a dark blue aerosol can, with a red turning to yellow strip in the shape of a bolt of lightning zapping a fly lifeless. The rear of the can shows the manufacturer's contact details, instructions for storage and use, a cautionary note which is a safety warning, disposal instructions and a list of active ingredients.
Sanmex Fly & Wasp Killer claims that the aerosol can is ozone-friendly, giving fast-acting relief from flies and wasps in all sorts of places that they can gather and invade. As is usual with preparations of this nature, the can must be well shaken before use and the manufacturers advise that frequent application of the product may be necessary during seasonal high insect invasion.
Reading the warnings on the can, this product does sound to be quite lethal as it is extremely inflammable, harmful to fish and can remove essential fats from human skin which can cause dermatitis. However, despite these dire warnings, I decided to go ahead and test the spray out on a wasp which entered my living room the following day (this wasp surely must have been the size of a fully-matured alligator!).
As I sprayed the fine mist of the product around the room aiming generally in the giant wasp's direction. I was stupid enough to breathe in, obviously by accident inhaling a little of the product. My lungs didn't like it at all, and I was punished for my remissness by dissolving into an involuntary violent coughing fit. However, the wasp appeared unharmed, perfectly healthy and continued its journey up one of my net curtains.
Once I'd recovered from the coughing fit, I tentatively moved closer to the wasp, held my breath, and pressed the trigger button on the aerosol can. I must have been spraying for at least 20 seconds, yet the wasp continued to breathe and thrive even though it was drenched in white residue from the product, and carried on climbing towards the top of the curtain. Undeterred and still holding my breath, I kept my finger on the trigger. After a full minute or so, my striped enemy toppled to the floor, but was still buzzing and wriggling around.
Even though I loathe and am terrified of wasps, I do have a mote of compassion for all living creatures and I didn't want to see him or her suffer more than necessary, so I grabbed a magazine, rolled it up and put the buzzy intruder instantly out of its misery.
After this incident, I estimated that I must have used more than two-thirds of the can's contents on trying to instantly slay this invasive creature and that is an expensive way of dealing with the wasp population who won't stay outside where they belong. The claims that this product is quick-acting on this occasion simply didn't convince me.
I rarely get flies come indoors, but the next day I was dubiously treated to a massive bluebottle bombing through my opened window, then proceeding to charge around the room like a hyped up exocet missile! Time to test the Sanmex Fly & Wasp Killer again.... or at least the tiny amount which was left at the bottom of the can after the previous day's wasp incident. Aiming the nozzle approximately towards this winged and loudly buzzing intruder, I pressed the button. Just a tiny zap was enough to zonk the bluebottle (which was almost as big as the previous day's wasp) totally dead in an instant, and as so little of the product was needed in this case, I felt it was safe for me to breathe, which I did manage to do without feeling as though my lungs were about to expire.
Over the next few weeks, I had a few more wasp invasions and exactly the same thing happened as I've described further up (I also had stocked up on a few more cans of Sanmex Fly & Wasp Killer due to finding them on special offer at my local Pound Shop - four cans for 85p - and effective on the bluebottle).
Grossed out by having to clear up wasp (and the bluebottle) corpses as they eventually did shuffle off their mortal coils, I concluded that this Sanmex product is actually rather good at killing all types of fly (I had a couple more of those pay me an unwelcome visit) very quickly and almost humanely, but it is pretty useless for wasps.
I can't quite work out if it is because the breed of wasp rampant in the semi-rural area where I live seems massively huge, or if the product simply isn't as good as it claims to be when it comes to knocking the life out of them in an instant. Some people have suggested to me that these wasps may in fact be hornets, but they aren't as they are a different shape...they are definitely wasps....perhaps some kind of horrific mutation on the old variety which I rarely see nowadays.
Each time I slayed one of these monster wasps, having to always use more than ten times the recommended volume of the sprayable product, the air afterwards was unbreathable for me to a point where I'd have to go into another room until the natural de-fumigation process had occurred. I am also a smoker, and I'm not daft enough to light up when the air in my abode is steeped in highly flammable chemicals - such as this fly spray - but it has to be said that the whole issue of wasps coming into my home causes me a considerable amount of stress, which can only be allayed by having a good puff on a ciggie. I thus had to go into the garden to smoke. As far as the flammable aspect of this spray is concerned, my fear about lighting up indoors after its use has more to do with the amount needed to kill one single wasp, rather than the product's ingredients per se.
One thing I can say in favour of Sanmex Fly & Wasp Killer - in addition to its effectiveness on bluebottles and other flies - is that although it can cause choking and coughing fits, it actually doesn't smell too bad. I did wonder though if I would die of the fumes before the wasps did!
However, I have found a good use for Sanmex Fly & Wasp Killer which seems (fingers crossed!) to be very effective in not killing wasps, but actually stopping them entering through my opened windows. For quite a few years, I've each summer been soaking cotton wool strips in citronella oil, then taping them to the window frames. That is very effective in itself for the most part, but sometimes wasps or flies will enter a particular window which is unsuited to the citronella treatment. I had an idea one morning to actually spray the Sanmex onto my net curtains....and....voila! Not one single wasp or fly has barged into my home since! I think what is happening is that they may (outside of course) fly close to my curtains, cringe at the smell of the fly spray which is infused into the fabric, then veer off like a bat out of hell in the opposite direction. The only problem with spraying my curtains in this way is that the product also squirts all over the windows, and I have to keep cleaning them. I consider that a small price to pay though, in order to keep my abode free of buzzy, stinging insects.
I have in the past used fly/wasp sprays which are infinitely more effective on wasps, killing them instantly and thus minimising their suffering, but Sanmex is definitely best when it comes to ridding my indoor world of flies.
Due to Sanmex being a little bit cheaper than most of the other branded insect slaying preparations, I probably will continue to buy it and stay with my net curtain spraying technique, which fingers crossed, seems to be very effective. If you want to use it in the traditional way though, I'd give it a big thumbs down for wasp control, yet a big thumbs up for zapping flies.
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Why I Bought it
We recently had a spell of very fine weather (yes I know, its hard to believe with all this rain) and I like to have my shop door open all the time as it presents a welcoming front to potential customers, and it works! One of the downsides to this are flying pests, last summer we had an epidemic of flying ants in the town, all traders here had to keep the doors shut but still some of the little blighters found their way in. This year I have been plagued by wasps, at the moment they are very dopey, mainly due to the change in weather, but I am terrified of them. I have never been stung and really don't want to experience it either.
So I decided I had to get some wasp/fly killer and solve the problem. In my local Wilkinson's I was presented with 2 options, either Raid at a princely sum of £2.99 or this one, Sanmex, on offer for 98p both were 300ml cans. The descriptive blurb told me it was 'fast acting, for a quick knockdown", I was sold.
This is a fairly innocuous looking can, with a bright red lid and a 'bolt of lightning' across the front with an appropriate dead fly underneath, giving the impression that it will kill with lightning speed. Hmm we shall see.
It states that it can be used as a household insecticide it's fast killing action works on flies, mosquitos, wasps, midges and other flying pests. Simply shake well before use and, for a quick knock down, spray directly at the offending insect from an approximate distance of 3 to 5 feet. It can also be used to generally clear a room of any unwanted pests simply by closing all doors and windows, spraying in short bursts around the room and then leaving the room for 15 minutes. I am sure I will never have need for the latter, luckily we are never bothered by flies or anything at home and really the main problem is the odd wasp in the shop.
Putting it to the Test
When I first got this back to the shop I didn't have any wasps to test it on, I did however, and unusually, find a small fly in the workroom and, armed with my new weapon, went in for the kill. Holding the can at arms length I 'fired' and scored a direct hit on the offending insect. The first thing I noticed was the smell, I was expecting a harsh chemical smell but, instead it was more perfumed, yes the chemicals were obvious but the smell was more pleasant than any other fly spray I have used in the past, on checking the can it does actually contain a certain amount of perfume . After spraying, the fine mist dissipated almost immediately, but there was one small problem.
The fly wasn't dead! Instead, where before it had actually been quite docile, this little beggar was now on a violent mission, it just constantly dive bombed me at great speed in a demented, haphazard way. I sprayed it again, but this just served to make it even more angry, finally I had to resort to a good old rolled up newspaper...so not off to a good start here then.
A few days later I had the opportunity to use it on my more feared adversary, the dreaded wasp. A rather dopey, tired looking, sting laden, pest wafted in through the doorway and, quick as a flash I was on him with my newly acquired weapon. In the split second that I pressed the trigger it did occur to me that, after the experience with the fly, this may turn out to be a very, very bad idea, so I instinctively 'ducked' as soon as I had sprayed, fully expecting to be dive bombed in fury again. Nothing happened, upon further investigation I found the wasp curled up, stone cold dead on the floor. Phew.
It would appear that flies, or at least some, are seemingly immune to this stuff so if you want fly killer look elsewhere, however, it worked perfectly on the wasp and I shall be using this all throughout the summer. A bonus is the lack of a harsh chemically smell, indeed I can live with the smell this spray gives off and there is no residue left on any surfaces from what I have seen so far. I am very happy with this product and would recommend it.
It goes without saying that it is highly flammable and there are a whole ream of chemicals listed on the can, remember this is an insecticide, it is poisonous and not to be used around food stuffs or preparation areas. It is also poisonous to fish and tanks should always be covered before you use it.
You should shop around for the best price, mine was on offer but I have seen them in supermarkets as high as £2.50, so I clearly bagged a bargain.
P.S. My advice to Sanmex, change the picture of a dead fly on the can to a dead wasp!
When I first used this spray I thought it was totally ineffective as the flies just flew away after numerous doses of the spray .The next day the floor and windowsills were littered with dead flies and I would now,not want to be without this product .Regrettably my can of spray is coming to an end and I am unable to source a realistically priced supply .Can anyone please help ????
I tried SANMEX Fly and Wasp Killer having tried another brand and found it useless this year, although effective previous years.
Alack and alas SANMEX is no better - the flies are doing their own thing whilst I am doing myself an injury in my despair.
Not only are the flies resistant to fly sprays these days, they are also quick off the mark. So attempts to swat them have only produced broken utensils on the meal table. It really is not funny. Not only have we had to dib into our reserve funds we are having to pay out for the damage sustained. The pesky flies seem to know where we go when the lights go out because, sure enough everything is BUZZING in the bedroom.
It is really not pleasant having the little beasties crawling up you back when you are trying to 'wind-down' Someone said try Camomile Tea but that doesn't work either.
I have recently become best friends with my bottle of Sanmex Fly and Wasp Killer. I carry it with me from room to room and all I need now is some kind of holster to keep it in.
This past couple of weeks there seems to have been an influx of wasps. Now I dont have a problem with wasps generally until they decide to fly around my face....that is not cool. Worse than that the past couple of days I have actually woke up in a morning to see a wasp appear from under the curtain and proceed to chase me out of bed. Now that is not acceptable. I like to vacate my favourite place when I'm ready not when a wasp decides its time.
I have fly spray in the house all the time anyway because flies in general really get on my nerves and the spiders in my house dont seem to be doing the job that they're supposed too.
Sanmex Fly and Wasp Killer is suitable for use as a household insecticide. It has a fast killing action for flies, wasps, mosquitoes, midges and other flying insects. It is also formulated to conform to the requirements of BS4172 as a household insecticide.
Directions for use;
Shake well before use. For quick knock down, spray directly at insects from a distant of 3 to 5 feet. For general use to clear room of insects, first close all doors and windows, then spray in short bursts around the room. Evacuate the room and close the door. Keep closed for 10 to 15 minutes.
When spraying make sure all food is covered, along with fish bowls as the insecticide is harmful to fish. And of course dont spray near animals or people.
I personally go for the quick knock down option but I think i'm generally closer than 3 to 5 feet because I need to know that its going to work quickly. Unless I'm near a window of course. The Spray is really fast acting, within seconds of spraying the wasps are on their backs wriggling around and it doesn't take long for them to die. I dont like having to kill them but just lately they have been leaving me with no choice and i'm convinced that i'm going to get stung if I dont deal with the problem straight away. I do try to guide them out the window if they're near enough but alot of the time this is not the case.
The bottle is blue in colour with a red lid and contains 300ml of spray. I'm not really sure how to describe the fragrance but it is not unpleasant and is not overpowering. Unless of course you've gone crazy chasing that one wasp whilst emptying the whole bottle, then you may find the spray a bit too much.
You can buy Sanmex Fly and Wasp Killer for about £1.50 from places such as Wilkos or most Supermarkets.
Piperonyl Butoxide 0.75%
Perfumes, Emulsifiers and Solvents 64.07%
Butane Propellant 35.00%
Perhaps the Yorkshire common house fly is a tougher breed, or the can of Sanmex fly Killer I puchased was defective in someway; who knows? What I do know is that I found this product pretty useless and certainly not "Fast Acting." All the flies I sprayed in the normal, instructed manner seemed to recover after only showing signs of irritation. Now showing a few signs of irritation myself, as a previously spayed fly lands on my computer screen for the tenth time, I sprang into action and caught it in a glass. I then sprayed fly killer directly into the glass, covered it and placed it on the window sill. Four hours later, the fly was on its back and still alive! Clearly I should get out more and my can of Sanmex Fly Killer was rubbish.
This morning at about 2am I was frantically spraying this into our back porch. Recently I've noticed we've had alot of flies (this could be my fault as I kill spiders!) and we always get more than our fair share of mozzies as we have a pond in the garden. I can't bear the droning of mozzies or the constant flitting around and buzzing of flies. Obviously there's the hygiene problem with flies too. So we generally have a can of this just inside the back door and often spray the porch last thing at night to kill them off so they don't manage to get into the house the next time we open the door.
This spray smells awful, really strong chemical scent and can make you wheeze if you stay in the room after spraying it. It also cannot be sprayed near animals (or their food or water bowls) or fish, I never use it inside the house for this reason (we have both) and restrict my "death to the flies" routine to the back porch only. It goes without saying this should be kept away from kids too.
Last night we had an assortment of flies in the porch, I gave the area a quick burst with this spray, left it with all the doors closed for about 5 minutes then returned to check what had happened. All the buzzing and droning had stopped. All the flies just died almost instantly and this spray does boast a quick effect. So that's very true.
I've also used this on wasps a few times and it kills them in about 30 seconds so it's very handy to have around.
The can is an aerosol with a red lid, the can itself is mostly blue but has a bolt of lightning on it striking a huge picture of a fly! Very dramatic!
It's 300ml and lasts ages because you literally need a quick burst and that's all it takes. We bought it for 65p from Wilkos but that was a few months ago so I don't know if that price is still current.
Works a treat so as long as you keep it away from animals and your lungs I recommend it.
Although we have had a really rubbish summer- the wasps have been out in force and there have been hundered!!
My office is in a beautiful country location, in very pretty gardens but this seems to be a huge attraction to the wasps! so on my desk I have a can of Sanmex Fly and Wasp Killer!!! And its perfect for the job!
Sanmex fly and wasp killer is suitable for use as a househoild insecticide and is very fast acting.
All you have to do is shake the can well- Them spray dirctly at the insect from 3 - 5 feet- It is then best to stay out of the room for about 10 mins as it has a nasty toxic smell, which can make you feel not great
Im my experience this is a very effective method of getting ride of the wasps, just seems a shame to kill them- but i can't stand that sting!!!
Have been inundated by large flies the last two days, so much so that I have resorted in leaving the house to avoid them. In fact I have been loathe to prepare food as they are pitching on all the surfaces in the kitchen. A visit to the local super-market and all I could find was Asda fly and wasp killer.
Returning home I sprayed the whole household. The smell was so awful I ran into the garden coughing and choking. Thirty minutes later I ventured inside. The smell was still there and so too were the flies. i decided to mread the instructions....Spray for fifteen seconds close and leave for fifteen minutes, then ventilate before re-entering. I repeated the procedure and sat in the garden contemplating how I could ventilate the room without entering the house! Risking the consequences on my health I opened all the doors and windows and do you know what.... those flies were still there and would not even fly out through the windows. So much for the quick killing action of Asda fly and wasp killer.
A complete waste of money and detrimental to my health. I'll try Sanmex Fly and wasp killer when I can find it.
I love the summer but I hate hate hate flies and wasps! Especially when you have a baby to think about uoi definatley don't want these things flying around your house.
This fly spray costs around 1 pounds from most supermarkets and is a definate must to have in your cupboard.
The spray claims that is is fast working however I would not know as I chase the fly around and spray it until it is dead, I know this is not the way to use the fly spray but I simply cannot stand these dirty things flying around.
The instructions on the spray advise you to spray from a distance of 3-5 feet, spray in short bursts but ensure you cover all food and close all the doors before you do this. Also you must evacuate the room for 15 minutes before returning to the room.
The spray does have a horrible odour and obviously it contains chemicals so its best to keep away and keep the room ventilated.
The spray contains chemicals such as:
Piperonyl Butoxide 0.75%
Perfume, Emulsifiers and solvents 64.07%
Butane Propellant 35%
The container holds 300ml's
Happy zapping!! xx
This time of year is the time when wicked wasps begin to turn a little bit horrible and try to sting people for no reason. I am petrified of the little buzztards so I decided that I better get some sort of wasp killer because I asked the gardener to kill one last year and he was very fit with his bare chest and I hugged him a bit too tightly in jubilation of him killing the wasp and he never came back to do the garden again I think in case I asked him to kill more wasps. So I am left alone to kill any wasps that come into my house or my car or my garage or my garden. Wasps have miles and miles and miles and miles of fields and open outlook to fly around in but they always want to come indoors to invade peoples houses!! I bought this Sanmex spray can from Ahmed's shop at the bottom of the hill for about 79p but it might be cheaper in other shops that don't open all hours on a sunday and I don't mind giving Ahmed a bit extra because he is cute (I would give him even more extras if you know what I mean!!). I brought the can home and waited for a wasp to come in but none came. I think maybe the wasps seen me buying the spray and were scared but that would teach them a lesson because they make other people scared lol. I tried putting some jam on the window ledge but still no wasps came it was like watching a kettle boil. After a couple of days a wasp finally came in last tuesday and I quickly closed the window and sprayed the can into the middle of the room and went out and shut the door. I went back about fifteen minutes later and the wasp was on the floor wriggling around. It looked very in agony and I had to be very careful and very lucky not to stand on it or it would have stung me! I went to bed and when I got up in the morning it was dead so the spray did work eventually. On Friday I got another wasp in and decided just to try spraying the spray straight at the wasp. It was buzzing around the window so I gave it a little
blast with the can and it fell to the bottom and died in a minute. I think this is the best way to kill wasps but it makes a mess of the window! If you buy this spray please be careful because it can harm fish and small pets and hamsters. If you breathe it in it could be harmful so please try not to. I don't think it would be good to spray it near anyone with asthma or bronchitis or bad lungs or pregnancy either, but it is great for kiling wasps!
I finally did it. I bought an aerosol wasp killer and went stalking wasps. Why did I take this extreme action? Read on and all will revealed. I was walking along the street, minding my own business as one does and I felt a sudden sharp pain in the side of my knee. I looked down and saw nothing but my jeans. I ignored the pain until it became more intense and started to throb. I rolled up the leg of my jeans and a large wasp flew out. It had stung me on the knee and just flown off into the sunshine to look for another victim. By the time I got home I was in considerable pain, so, I started a one woman campaign against any wasp that dared to enter my home. Now, I can't remember exactly what the wasp that assaulted me looked like, so I am stalking them all until they get into the right position, then zap, I've got them. I don't normally buy, or use insecticides but I'm not going to risk being stung again. The recent hot weather makes wasps almost drunk and sleepy and they come inside to get cool. When it isn't better inside they find someone to sting inretribution. Well, that's my theory anyway. Back to the product. Sanmex Wasp (and fly) killer comes in a red, yellow and blue aerosol can. It works very quickly and is effective against many other flying insects too. You simply shake the can and spray into the centre of the room, leave the doors and windows closed for about 15 minutes and the room is clear of insects (well, clear of live ones anyway.) I use it to 'shoot' wasps before they get near me. This stuff contains a whole 'chemical' soup and should be kept away from food, fish, fish bowls, skin and household pets. It isn't adviseable to breathe it in and hands should be washed thoroughly after use. The list of chemicals means little to me, but for those of you who do know something about them here are the main ingredients: Tetrame
thrin 0.15% Permothrin 0.03% Piperonyl Butoxide 0.75% This product contains solvents and butane propellant so it is far from environmentally friendly. I would not normally buy a product which causes so much pollution but my quest against drunken wasps means that I don't have a lot of choice. Most insecticides of this type contain similar ingredients. This product is also extremely flammable and will mark polished surfaces. Sanmex is, however, cheap. My can cost 65p at Morrisons for a 300ml can. This will last this summer and probably most of next. If you need a fast acting, inexpensive, household insecticide, this is ecellent value. (The wasps won't think so, though!)
I hate flies, wasps and all those annoying buzzing little bugs that can't find anything better to do but fly around my ears. I live near a dairy farm, so I get a fair share of flies and wasps, especially during the summer - that's when we are lucky enough to get one - and even though they could happily and safely go and bother the cows, they seem to prefer the comfort and danger of our homes. When I say danger I mean it, I found a spray that does the job, when it comes to killing those bugging beasts: it is called Sanmex Fly and Wasp Killer and that is exactly what it does. It kills the wasps straight away and knocks down the flies so fast that they don't even have time to poo themselves on my nice wooden floors. The Sanmex spray smells nice(ish), better that some and lasts for ages because it is so efficient you don't need to spray a lot of it around, it gets rid of the bugs, and that's all I ask an insecticide to do. The real bonus is that it is only half the price of other bug killers. Available in Asda, Morrissons, Wilkinsons...