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During the summer months wasps and flies in the house and garden become more and more common. Sometimes infestations can occur within lofts, garages and sheds, and instead of calling out some expensive pest-control officer, it's much more cost-effective to buy your own killer spray. 'Active' have come up with an excellent formula 'Fly & Wasp Killer' spray. This 300ml canister of pressurised chemical is designed to work on impact with the insect and/or its hive. The relatively weak poison (in human terms) acts to disable the insect and kill it within a few seconds - and speaking general, it works! For about £2-3 you can buy a 300ml canister of this stuff, an amount that will last you a few months if used sparingly - only when absolutely necessary. Often, if there is a lone wasp or fly in need of disposing, it can be a lot simpler and easier to remove the individual using conventional methods - glass and card, and out into the garden. If we're talking bee's, I would definitely advise keeping the specimen alive and re-releasing it, solely due to the fact bee's bring over-whelming natural benefits to the environment. If you really do need to use the spray then do - and you won't be disappointed with the results. Once shaken and sprayed, a clear mist appears which when accurately placed, coats the target in a fine, sticky substance which brings it to a halt after maybe 10-30 seconds (rough estimate). Only a very light spray is required. Once disabled, the remains can be scooped up and binned. When spraying hives I'd suggest using an entire can and standing way back - the spray and run tactic. I've tried this and it does have some effect, but the results are not 100% and so maybe some other product will be better suited to this task. I wouldn't recommend using the spray outdoors too often as the release of chemicals can be damaging. I think indoor use suits this product best, and the results will not disappoint when used in this way. For £2-3 you can't complain, if anything this spray is worth giving a go just to see the results. Due to its longevity, this is the type of product you can expect to see submerged in the cupboard under the sink for a long time - not due to its infrequent use, but due to its large capacity and the fact that you don't have to use much of the stuff to kill your targets! RATING: 4.3/5 PRICE: £1.75 (exc. VAT) AVAILABILITY: www.portlandjanitorial.co.uk
During the summer or whenever the weather is decent, we leave the patio doors open so that the dogs can go outside whenever they want. Obviously due to this we do get a few flys come in as well as the odd bee or wasp. Although I don't like killing flys and insects, spraying them is usually the only way to get rid of them and if we didn't have fly spray they'd probably be buzzing around the house for days. I'm not fussy or brand loyal when it comes to basic household items such as fly spray and I just grab whatever is cheap or on offer. This particular fly and wasp killer spray is available from a wide variety of online retailers and discount stores, but as far as I know, no supermarkets sell it. I bought my can of this from B&M around six months ago now and although I don't remember exactly what I paid, it wasn't very much. Prices for a 300ml can vary from £1.50 to around £4.00 depending on where you buy it from - great value considering how long a can lasts. The spray comes in a tall, cylindar aerosol can which is similar in design to a majority of other fly sprays. It's black in colour with the brand name written in orange and red writing along with the product name written clearly in large white font. The background has a picture of a large, red tick and there's a cartoon type picture of a dead fly. The can has directions for use and warnings (eg flammable, avoid contact with eyes and so on) on the back and the packaging overall is basic but you can tell from looking at it that it's a fly spray and due to the eyecatching colour (black with yellow and red detailing) it stands out from the many other lotions and potions under my sink so I can grab it quickly when I see a fly/wasp rather than searching for it! I also like that the can doesn't have a lid meaning that you can just grab it, press down on the 'trigger' and the spray is released; really quick meaning the fly's don't get chance to realise what's happening and fly away, lol. The directions of use state that you should hold it so that it is aimed directly at the fly/wasp. They advise holding it 60 to 90cm away but as the flys that come in our house often fly around the cieling and near the lights, I can't always get that close. The spray comes out quickly and lots comes out even with one spray and each time I've used this it has always killed the fly(s) quickly - within 1-2 minutes. They usually fall to the floor, wiggle their legs around a bit and then die. I've used this once on quite a large wasp and it died after a few sprays; luckily it didn't get angry and sting me after the initial spray! The spray does smell very strong and chemical so I always make sure that I don't breathe it in and I don't use it when my daughhter or dogs are in the room. Overall, this is a cheap and effective fly/wasp spray and I recommend it. I give it 4/5 stars - I've knocked one star off because it takes a few sprays to kill a wasp and it smells pretty nasty!
Despite the fact I don't very often use fly spray I do always have a can in just in case my efforts with a rolled up magazine aren't enough. This year I bought a can from a local discount store called Active Fly and Wasp Killer for 99p. The can is 300ml which is more than enough to get me through the summer but doesn't have a cap it just has a press down section built in for quick operation. I'd never heard of Active before but assumed it would be much the same as other brands. The information on the reverse of the can warns sternly "to avoid risks to man and the environment, comply with the instructions for use" and those instructions are as follows: shake well before use, for direct knockdown spray directly at insect from 60-90cm away. For room treatment close windows and doors, hold can at arms length and spray in all directions for 3 seconds then leave the room for 10 minutes with all the doors and windows closed. Do not spray directly onto plants, near pets or aquariums. It is harmful to aquatic organisms and may cause long term adverse effects in an aquatic environment. It is a pressurised container so do not pierce or burn, keep away from sources of ignition, do not smoke during use as it is extremely flammable. It also warns solvent abuse can kill instantly. It contains Tetramethrin 0.14% and Permethrin 0.03%. That's all the science bit out of the way! I very rarely use fly spray because of my lad (cat) and my fish tank. Usually I chase flies around while getting out of proportion angry at them and there's quite alot of noisy celebration when I do finally kill them! Wasps in the house are either dealt with the same way or put out with one of my bug contraptions and hornets leave me quaking and hiding in another room! However in the back porch where my lad doesn't spend any time and I can shut him away from I do use spray. I've used this spray many times out there when I've detected the drone of a mozzy or the buzz of a fast moving elusive fly and I tend to spray the porch then leave it shut up for 10 minutes before returning to find all flies dead. However when it comes to wasps out there I tend to go for the direct knockdown approach and aim the spray at them. I've found this works great for flies but not so well for wasps. Recently I had a couple of angry wasps arrive in the porch and it took 3 sprays of this to kill them, meanwhile they were getting angrier and I was hiding behind a door! I also used it on a wood wasp that ventured in and wouldn't go and again it took 3 sprays to kill it. It smells of lung choking chemicals and the nozzle dribbles foamy liquid onto hands when used so I always wash my hands afterwards and try not to breathe any in. I wouldn't dream of spraying this anywhere my lad goes or is likely to go within an hour or so as I'm sure his little lungs don't need it anymore than he needs to get mist on him and lick it off and I'd advise anyone with any type of animal to keep this away from them. I don't have children but they should be kept away from this and if you were to have an allergic response to it obviously never use it again! Overall it does work well on flies but takes more sprays to affect wasps. Mozzies haven't got a prayer when faced with this so it's very good for killing them. For 99p it works well enough for what I use it for but if you use alot of spray on a regular basis and wasps are your target I'd probably not recommend this particular one. A good 4 star rating from me but do keep it away from animals and fish.