Product Type: Sanmex garden chemicals
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Sanmex Fly and Wasp Killer
Member Name: GentleGenius
Sanmex Fly and Wasp Killer
Advantages: Works well on flies, doesn't smell too bad
Disadvantages: Almost useless on wasps, not to be inhaled!
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.
The potentially inflammable ingredients are:-
Thanks for reading!
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Summary: Cheap and good for flies, but rubbish on wasps