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With the recent hot weather we have been leaving the doors and windows open for as long as possible and while the breeze is very welcome, there is then the problem of flies and moths getting into the house.
One is annoying enough but when it gets to three or four then something has to be done. Mainly because it seems to be something I remember being around forever it is always Raid that we use. There are a number of problems with this and the main one is that it is not that effective!!
I remember as a child the fly spray would kill the flies, terrify the cat and keep the whole family out of the room for an hour or so. Now it is just a weak spray that lets the fly know you are on to it.
The can is blue with yellow, black and white writing on it and makes very bold claims that sadly the spray does not live up to. It claims to "kill flying insects in seconds" and "kills bugs dead". It is made by SC Johnson and Son, so is from a well known company. The back carries warnings that the product is highly flammable, dangerous to the environment and there is a warning about solvent abuse. Due to the environmental issues I use it sparingly but there are times when it has to come out. If you have fish there are also warnings about the danger to them.
Using the spray is easy as it works in the same way that an air freshener works. The blue top has a large indent that contains a push down button and when that is pressed the spray comes out of a nozzle on the other side. There is a picture of the spray being put directly onto the fly, so it could be that it will work better if you can do that, but they move so fast I invariably miss.
Until now I had never really take that much notice of the warnings, but as I result I will still just use it when the fly has not gone out after a while. Spraying a toxic spray indoors is not good, so it is best to also make sure the doors and windows are open. The spray does not have the same sort of strong smell that I remember from years ago and it could be the missing ingredients that have stopped the bad smell but also limited its effectiveness.
So now that it comes to the rating. I will give it three out of five as there are times when we realise that the fly has been killed and also because the smell is no longer as off putting. This was bought last year and I seem to think it is was a little over £2 but cannot be totally sure, but I consider that quite good value for a 300ml spray.
At work our staff room can sometimes get in a bit of a tizz with people leaving food in the fridge for days on end, but last week it got to the extent that one morning when we opened the fridge someone had left an opened yoghurt and a barrage of flies came zooming out! Disgusting! We threw the yoghurt away and cleaned out the fridge from top to bottom but annoyingly the flies would not go away! We then resorted to head to Tesco and get some serious material to get these flies outta here!
The canister of Raid Fly and Wasp killer is black with bright yellow writing so it is easy to spot on the shelf. The packaging is distinct, although I can get it confused with furniture polish and almost used it to clean my desk at one point! A 300ml canister cost £2.50 which seemed pricey, but in hindsight it is actually worth it!
The packaging states it "Kills flying insects in seconds", "Provides instant and 24 hour action on mosquitoes and flies and has a clean, pleasant fragrance". So was it any good?
The spray is actually really easy to use, simply press down on the nozzle and squirt into the air. At first I was using it by spraying in the area where I saw a fly but this actually proved ineffective as the little buggers would just fly off really quickly and be continuing their business as if nothing happened! So the new approach was to spray a huge amount of the raid spray around the light where a huge amount of the flies were gathering and voila! Literally within seconds the flies all dropped to the table and their little wings flapped until probably 10 seconds later they stopped moving. I was really impressed with this and at least I can wholeheartedly say it works! As we haven't had any wasps flying around at work just yet I can't comment on how good it is with this, but with the small evil fruit flies we've had it works a charm, and also a few of the bigger annoying flies you tend to get when the sun comes out have also been nicely dealt with by this spray!
Another plus with this is the scent is actually really refreshing and doesn't smell off putting or sharp in any way so it quite a good well rounded product. When eating of course, it is not the nicest thing to spray only because you may be surrounded by a massacre of dead flies around you soon after! It's not an air freshener in anyway, but again the smell is a nice one which is soft and lightly fragranced.
Overall this is a really good product and should I have any flies/wasp lurking around my house I will be heading to get some of this to combat them! It really does work, and does what it says on the tin so I have to give this 5 stars!
I picked up a bottle of this last summer. Our old flat had a few infestations- ladybirds in the attic (odd considering it was winter/spring time), wasps in the attic (terrifying), rats in the walls & attic (disgusting) and flies (gross). We moved out not long after flies started turning up all over the place- quite a few in the communal hallway and not a big amount but a few in our flat each day. We later noticed when moving out an empty flat was full of them (a window without curtains on the front of the building was where we noticed)- crawling all over the windows, dead on the floor- I'd hate to be the person to do the job of cleaning this up!
Anyway, we invested in this as they are quick little things- it can be hard to catch them while they're flitting about and as they're dirty and annoying I had to get it. Don't get me wrong I do actually feel quite bad when after spraying them they have this weird crazy fit but as far as Im concerned it is an essential in my house. I cannot stand flies.
Now this spray does also say for wasps. I have never tried it on wasps. Wasps are my phobia. I am TERRIFIED of them. Ever since my first wasp sting when I was 6 (I squirted one that came to close with a water pistol, it repaid me by stinging my little finger) I panic when they come near me. Ive noticed with flies they dont die straight away- they sometimes fly around a bit crazily first. This makes me think if the wasp does not die immediatly it shall sting me first. I have managed to avoid being stung since I was 12, I intend to keep it that way! If anyone can confirm that it's good at killing wasps too I may give it a try at any invaders this Summer- if not I may have to resort to leaving them in glasses on the side and calling people round to dispose of them!
Now the bottle states it has a "pleasant outdoor smell". I cannot agree. It smells very chemically and I would not use it when Tyler is in the room!
My Mum says she uses it on wasps and just keeps spraying until they drop. I don't think this is a good idea unless the room is very ventilated as you will end up breathing in the spray!
It is reccomended you do not use it any less than 1 metre from walls or surfaces. It is also said not to contaminate food items, utensils or food contact surface. You must not breathe the spray and you should wash hands after use. It must be used in well ventilated areas. Its dangerous to fish and there are a few directions you should read on the back if theres a possibility you'll be using it in a room where a fish tank is in.
You can pick up a 300ml bottle of Raid in Tesco for £2.50. I think this is a good price as it does the job (I can at least vouch for flies) and a bottle will last a long time- a year plus depending on how much you need to use it.
A couple of years ago I came downstairs one day to find the conservatory was full of hoverflies - I have no idea where they came from, one day there was none and the next it was like a plague. I opened the back door in the hope that they'd fly out to freedom, but when that didn't seem to be the case I had to break out the fly killer.
I had a bottle of raid in that trusty old 'cupboard under the kitchen sink' so I gave that a good blast around the conservatory, then shut the french doors into the rest of the house and gave it time to take effect. A short while later when I looked out they were no longer flying about the place, but had left a thin carpet of them on the floor ready for sweeping up.
I didn't really want to kill them, I honestly have nothing against hoverflies, but they didn't leave when I opened the door to the garden so I couldn't see any other way around it and Raid did a very effective job.
Since then I've occassionally used Raid around the house when I notice a small group of flies. As I do have pets I don't like to (forgive the pun) go into overkill and spray this stuff about the place like there's no tomorrow. So when it comes to using it I tend to give it a small, quick blast as close to the fly/flies as possible in the hope that this goes diestly to them and doesn't linger around in the air too long. This method seems to do the trick for me.
One downside I can think of, and this would apply to all of these fly killers, is that as the spray doesn't kill immediately, sometimes the insects drop to the floor dead somewhere you don't notice and you find them some time later where they may have dropped dead into a pile of papers on your dining room table - a bit icky, but not much you can do about it.
There is of course the smell as well, however careful you are there's no getting away from the fact that you have to be close to the spray in order to use it and the smell is very overpowering and unpleasant. You can tell from that alone that the product isn't exactly good for your health without having to read the label and that's one of the reasons why I feel it's best to use as little as possible, preferbably away from pets/children and in a well ventilated place or an area you can vacate until it has disapated.
The container itself is the traditional spray can - much like that of a deodorant and it's very clearly labelled. The only thing I would say is the spray is easy to activate so you'd definately need to keep it out of the reaching hands of little children just incase they get curious and end up spraying it in their faces.
The canister I have has lasted me two years up to now as you don't need much to be effective and unless you have some sort of infestation, you shouldn't need to use it much anyway. I can't remember how much this was when last purchased, but a quick google seems to be bringing up average prices between £1.60 and £2.20 which I would say definately represents good value on a per useage basis.
At the end of the day this does work and gets red of those nasty, pesky little flying things that always seem to be able to fly in the open window, but never back out of it. However it should be used sparingly.
Nobody likes having wasps in their house, even if you aren't particularly scared of them the stings are still unpleasant and they're horrible buzzy little things with apparently no saving graces like lovely fluffy bumble bees! If you find a wasp in your house you basically want it out, or preferably dead then out. This is where Raid comes in! Oh, and don't even get me started on bluebottles, why on earth are they so good at finding their way IN an open window but so rubbish at finding their way out?
Having a can of Raid always waiting in readiness is a great idea, I would recommend that everybody goes out and buys some before they need it so that you're prepared when you do. The can is about the size of a can of air freshener or furniture polish but its not easily mistaken for anything else thanks to the clear design of the can. Don't worry about accidentally picking up the wrong one and spraying it liberally over your furniture, it won't happen!
It does what its supposed to with great effect, it works better on wasps and smaller flies than on the huge bluebottles the size of your fist who cling to life for a bit longer in the face of their impending doom, but eventually, it gets 'em all. Littler flying things will drop to the ground with a quick direct spray of just a second or so. Bigger wasps and flies require a more sustained attack, and if you're facing something huge, or you've got a swarm situation on your hands then you might be better off holding your breath, spraying loads into the room then closing the door and evacuating for an hour or so. They'll be dead by the time you come back in but you won't have had to breath in the nasty fumes.
The fumes are really the only downside to Raid. It does, unfortunately, stink to high heaven and gets to the back of your throat and your chest if you spray too much or if you linger in the vicinity for too long. Its probably not very good for small children and pets so that can be barrier to going on regular fly and wasp killing sprees.
I live in a old concrete building which in the summer acts like a storage heater by absorbing heat during the day and letting some of it go at night. Air conditioning is not an option and fans can be so noisy that it can be hard to sleep. I do live on a high floor with no window access so when it is hot I leave the windows open and just close the curtains when I go to sleep.
Unfortunately my blood chemistry is the flying insect equivalent of foie gras. Seriously, I have been chased into my hotel in Miami and had blood flowing from blackfly bites on other trips. Even in Central London I was woken up one morning by being stung on the leg by a wasp.
If I cannot prevent my blood being tempting and my flat being invaded I can at least kill the enemy.
One can of Raid. One quick press on the nozzle. Dead Fly. Dead Wasp. Problem sorted.
I have high ceilings relative to my (short) height. Swatting might be the best ecological answer but is frequently not possible for me. With this product the spray reaches the target and kills it, dropping it to the floor where I can pick it up using some basic toilet paper and then dispose of the corpse.
Some fly and pest killers have scents in them which I either find unpleasant or which trigger my asthma. Raid does not and still works. The scent is not one you would use as a room spray but at least it is not unpleasant or triggers an attack in this asthmatic.
The button you push is there as part of the top unit so that when a wasp is buzzing it will not get you while you try and pull off the top from can, find the nozzle, align with the flying menace and press.
This fly killer acts swiftly and usually only needs one blast if you get it anywhere near the pest, which is not the case in less effective products. This ultimately reduces the amount of fly killer you need to blast into the air of your home and also has the benefit of being great value for money.
This is also good as the product does kill and indeed the can warns that it is very toxic to aquatic organisms and is dangerous to the environment, so the least needed to do the job the better and cover up your fish tanks before using.
It is a solvent product and as the easy access to the nozzle means no child-proof cap is used it should be stored safely away from children.
The active ingredients are Tetramethrin 0.32% and d-Phenothrin 0.07%.
I paid £2.30 at Sainsbury's for mine but it is a widely available product at other supermarkets and online. You get 300ml for your money, which is good value as the product lasts and lasts as well as works.
The tall blue can is made aluminum and can be recyled.
Flying insect phobics should be aware that there is a picture of a fly and a wasp being zapped on the front of the can. Which is exactly what this fine products does to the little monsters.
The summer just gone was a nightmare for flies and bugs in our house. It got so bad that I couldn't open my daughters window because there was some kind of flies nest or something in the crevice of her window, every time it was opened hundreds of flies would fly out (that's not an understatement either!) and go crazy around my daughters bedroom. I didn't know what else to do other than buy some fly spray and sort the little menaces out once and for all. The fly spray I purchased was this one from Raid.
Raid fly and wasp killer is widely available to buy for around the £2-3 mark from places such as supermarkets. I paid £2.40 from my local Asda, it took me a while to find which aisle it was down, it was with the loo rolls for some strange reason!
The fly spray comes in a 300ml blue aerosol can. If you can't tell what the product is by the name of it, the two flies lying on their backs on the can definitely show you what the can is for. The can also tells me that its rapid action and can kill flies in seconds. It is suitable for use on a variety of flying insects such as flies, mosquitoes and wasps.
The lid of the can doesn't have to be removed to use the product as the nozzle is located on the side of this lid and is activated by pushing down on the top, it's quite easy to push and you don't need to use a lot of pressure. I tend to use this by squirting flies when I see them flying around, I know some people prefer to spray different surfaces where the fly might land but I don't find it as effective this way. I hold the spray down for a couple of seconds when the can is pointed towards the fly, this is usually enough spray to kill the fly. It will, of course, fly around like a looney for 30 seconds or more but eventually it will die. When sorting out my daughters windows fly problem, I quickly opened her window whilst directing the spray at the problem area and sprayed like a mad woman, once the window was wide open I ran out spraying the room and after an hour I went back and the flies had all gone. Well I say all gone, they were all lying on the floor, but the problem was sorted and there hasn't been any more flies in there since.
The smell of the fly killer is described as a fresh and pleasant smell on the can. I personally don't think it smells fresh. The smell isn't too bad but if used too much it would definitely be too overbearing. I always open the windows when using the spray as I don't like the smell at all.
It's worth noting that I haven't tried this spray on anything other than flies so I don't know how it would fare against other flying insects. However, with the experience I've had of the spray with flies, I'd definitely recommend it. You don't need to use much product and it kills flys rather quickly and effectively.
~ Raid Fly and Wasp Killer ~
For some reason unbeknown to me over the last 3 weeks or so I have been noticing flies in the house, I do have the back door open more now than ever before due to the arrival of Mookie puppy dog but still ...
So of course after swatting away with a magazine and coming off looking more like a crazy woman than actually killing any flies I thought I would scour the supermarket shelves for a decent fly spray. It was in Asda that I came across this Raid Fly and Wasp Killer. It cost £2.20 for a large 300ml can so in the trolley it went.
Being the sick twisted individual I am! I couldn't wait to get this stuff home and get spraying the awful flies and watch them drop!
As you may have noticed I am not a fly lover, I hate them, they are way too annoying and never mind unhygienic! They seemed to like my fan in the kitchen and hovered around the pull switches much to my annoyance. They also seemed to have taking a likening to my bathroom which I clean everyday :(. Annoying yes!
The Raid spray comes in a blue coloured aerosol can which has a black lid, the lid isn't the type to be removed, it also houses the spray button. A small hole at the front of the cap allows the nozzle to be free. The can hosts bright yellow print and a lightening bolt. It also shows two dead flies on the front of the bottle.
The back of the can holds two orange warning squares, one being that it is highly flammable, the other telling us that it is dangerous to the environment. The bottle holds lots of cautions that should be adhered to for your safety.
Okay so what you want to know really is how it performs.
And I have to say I am quite impressed. I cannot say how well it works for wasps as they are not the reason for the purchase and there aren't any around annoying me but when used for flies I thought it handled them rather well.
My kitchen isn't very big but the flies seemed to have more room to get away from the spray so it did take a few well aimed sprays to get them but they did drop when sprayed directly. I then went up to the bathroom, there were four flies on the window and another 3 sat on the shower curtain rail. I closed myself in the bathroom and sprayed the flies on the window first, they managed to buzz around for a few seconds before eventually falling onto the windowsill and spinning around before abruptly stopping. I then sprayed the rail and the flies there managed to get away but they flew to the window where there was a film of spray on the glass and after touching that they too dropped, span then died. I then disposed of the fly corpses down the loo, flushed them away and opened the window. After the great achievement in the bathroom I went on a fly hunt, armed with my can of Raid ready to spritz anymore little blighters that I may come across!
The spray claims to have a clean and pleasant fragrance, this isn't something I would really agree with if I am being honest. It's not as strongly scented as some of the other fly sprays I have used in the past but I still wouldn't class it as a pleasant fragrance, it isn't as chemically scented as some but still, I wouldn't change air fresheners anytime soon!!
After my little fly hunt I am pleased to say that there has been no more flies since and I still have pretty much a full can left so it was £2.20 well spent and will come in useful should it ever happen again.
After looking online I have found that this is suitable for the following ~
flies, common mosquitos, tiger mosquitos, wasps, moths, hornets, yellow jackets and gnats.
It is made by SC Johnson.
Thanks for reading :o) x
Every summer our house gets invaded by flies. I hate flies. They really are disgusting little creatures really. Landing from object to object of whatever their liking, meaning they can literally be crawling over some dog mess outside to crawling over your kitchen surfaces a few minutes later. The whole thought really yucks me out really so i have a zero tolerance with any flies that enter the house let along their annoying noise as they buzz round a room! At the start of the summer i brought a cannister of this raid fly and wasp killer. I can remember exactly how much it was when i brought it but looking on the tescos online store it is currently selling for £3.49. The cannister is 300ml in size, and is blue with 'Raid' written across in big yellow letters. It claims to knock down all flying insects, not just flies, and kill them within seconds. The instructions claim that it can be used on flies, wasps, mosquitos, hornets, knats, and yellow jackets. I'm overly sure what on earth a yellow jacket is, but its presumably something you'd rather not share your home with! Anyway, its fairly versatile product really with getting rid of a lot of the unwanted visitors of the household.
I have only really used this product this summer to kill flies really. Thankfully we have not had any wasps or hornets and the like enter our house this summer. The instructions are written on the back of the cannister but its not really rocket science how to use it really, although its worthwhile reading the list of precautions of where to and where not to use. It suggests that its safe to use around children, pets and kitchen surfaces, but i my sure my daughter is taken out of the room before i use it, and i don't particularly like to use it near food or food preparation surfaces, and i wouldn't use it around pets really. Obviously you just spray the flies with this. This in itself can be quite a tricky as flies generally very fast and agile. I tend to wait till they settle up against the window before creeping up on them and doing the deadly deed. When sprayed the flies will get all flustered and have difficulty with staying in the air as the spray quickly begins to kill them. Eventually they drop to the floor where they will spin round in circle and buzzing their wings. I don't particular like killing creatures really and i do somewhat feel sorry for them as they do sometimes appear to be in some kind of pain as they struggle on the floor, but they will generally die after a couple of minutes after contact. I then just get my handheld hoover out and suck up the dead bodies so i don't have to touch them by picking up the dead bodies. I obviously can't vouch how effective and how long it takes to kill other bugs but i have no reason to believe that its any less effective really.
Overall this product has been a godsend this summer. I brought the cannister back in the Spring and have used it on number of occasions throughout the summer and when i shake the cannister i can roughly gauge that there is still about half the spray left to use, which i think is very good value for the price really. What i also like about this product is that its very effective. I don't particularly like those sticky strips as they can be messy and get stuck to all sorts, and they seem to leave the flies suffering in my opinion. Obviously the flies will suffer somewhat with this spray but i feel its more humane because it acts a lot quicker. The smell? This is the problem with these types of products. The smell is really harsh and not fragrant in the slightest but then again i'm yet to come across a product of this type that does smell nice. I tend to open up the windows in the room after using this in order to ventilate the room out. I would definitely recommend this product.
We have had Raid fly and wasp killer for years, then again there is not much else on the market. It kills blue bottle flies and wasps, but not house flies, it seems the flies around here are immune to this product, this is only the past 2 years.We thought we may have had a bad batch, but no still the same, so now ordering Zero in, fly and wasp killer off eBay, its 1/2 the price (inc postage) and it works on all.
We went on holiday to Wales a year ago and the place was lovely but the downside was that there were so many flies as soon as we entered the self catering cottage that we were overwhelmed with them and they started to make the holiday unpleasant.
We bought a tin can of Raid Fly and Wasp Killer from the supermarket for £1.70 for a 300ml can. It is designed for killing all flying bugs inlcuding wasps, flies, mosquitoes etc. We had got desperate the day before and my other half had spent half the night trying to swat them but she missed most of them and just got worn out and angry.
This Raid stuff is very easy to use in my opinion. Shake the can vigorously beforehand to disperse the contents then spray into the room. Close all the doors and windows afterwards and stay out of the room for around ten to fifteen minutes to let it take effect.
Once you go back in you will be pleased to see all the dead insects just lying there - dead. Then you just scoop them up and bin them - or vaccum them up as I pesonally tend to do. It doesn't manage to kill them all in one go and sometimes it takes a second blast but it does work - even on the big ones!
The downside to this stuff is the smell. If you suffer from any breathing problems, including asthma, I personally think you should be very careful as it catches on the back of the throat and can make you feel unwell. Also, be careful if you have any pets and do not use around food, for obvious reasons.
Good stuff and worth the price, but just keep evertyhting living that you don't want to die out of the room before you use this powerful stuff.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
Our son has special needs and is terrified of every sort of flying insect. Wasps are the most feared, and not just by him. I think we have had a wasp nest somewhere in our house every year since we moved here. We live in the country too, so flies and wasps are never that far away. Once the windows and doors are open for the summer, it's open-house for the flying insects! I hate the things!
The first thing we usually hear in our house when a fly or wasp enters is not the buzzing.....it's the plaintive yell from our son, 'GET THE RAAAAAAAID!'.
What would we do without our trusty can?
Raid is an excellent fly and wasp killer. It comes in easy to use aerosol cans and costs about £2.20 for 300ml. One can usually lasts us about 2 months in our house. The information on the can says that 'it has a pleasant outdoor fresh scent'. Sorry...but I can't see what is pleasant about the scent at all! It's awful, but something I am willing to put up with if it gets the job done! You do have to be careful not to breathe in the mist. If you do get any on your tongue the taste lingers for ages, and it really isn't pleasant!
I find Raid is very fast working on all sorts of flies and particularly wasps. A direct hit usually does the job, but if you have lots of annoying little flies in a room, a good spray all over, then shut the door and leaving the room for a few minutes usually works. All you need to do then is remove the annoying little bodies from the windowsill.
It kills wasps very fast, which for us is a must, as our son really does fear them. Mosquitos and crane flies also succumb to the spray too, which does save a lot of bites!
Naturally, you have to be a bit careful when using the spray. It does contain strong chemicals and if you have a fish tank then I would avoid using anywhere near it as the spray is harmful to fish. Spraying near pet food and indeed any food should be avoided.
Once the summer comes, Raid is a must-buy for me. I've tried other flie killers and no other does the job as quickly.
There is only I think 2 insects that I think are worse than and more scary than Wasps; that's Cockroaches and Cicada's!! I simply cannot stand Wasps; In the case of Flies; well they are dirty insects in my view; I can just about tolerate a small size fly but when those hideous blue /green bottles fly in... well they simply must be got rid of! I remember when my son was a baby, we took him out to the park to get some fresh air; he was fast asleep in his pushchair when all of a sudden he let out a scream... a wasp had stung him; we treated it and he was fine thankfully I have also noticed that when we have been out to theme parks this summer there have been loads of wasps! I think they are at their most dangerous around this time of year; some of them are sleepy and I have also noticed how massive they seem to be lately. I like to open my windows for fresh air but over the last few weeks, every time I open my window a damn wasp come in; and I see them sometimes outside literally trying to get into my flat! Yesterday was a prime example... I opened my front room window just a little bit. Low and behold within about 30 minutes a wasp flew in. It was a lazy one and quite large. I quickly ran to the cupboard to get my Raid spray (knowing that the can had almost run out!). Luckily there was just about enough left in the can to destroy the wasp. On the bottle it states that Raid 'kills flying insects in seconds; I would not agree with this in the case of wasps however, it stuns them and they drop to the floor, although usually still alive but dying. A 5 second spray of Raid is usually enough; I don't like looking at the wasp dying so I usually have to either end up spraying more Raid or I hit the wasp with a rolled up newspaper before getting rid of it; this is what happened yesterday. With flies; this is the same thing I also do, although I think the flies die quicker than the wasps.
The only down side to Raid is that is stinks the place out with fumes; the fumes really are awful; so then I have to open the window again, even though I don't want to!
You must be very careful when using Raid, particularly in the kitchen where there are work tops, where there is food around or on the dishes; a couple of weeks ago, I had to kill a wasp in my kitchen with Raid but subsequently had to re wash all my dishes as some of the spray got on them! Still, the most important thing was that the Wasp was dead.
This Raid Fly and Wasp killer contains Tetramethrin and D-phenothrin
There are quite a few precautions when using the spray;
Do not breathe in the spray mist (this can be difficult as of course whilst you don't deliberately want to breathe in the fumes; its quite hard to avoid them!) I personally would recommend, opening the window after use and perhaps leaving the room for 10 minutes or so.
You should cover all food services, food and eating utensils before use.
It is only supposed to be sprayed into the air
It is very dangerous to Fish; so Fish tanks and Fish bowls should be removed or covered up before using the Raid.
Do not spray Raid near a naked flame; protect from Sunlight and keep out of reach of children.
If you were to misuse the spray or deliberately inhale this could be harmful or even fatal.
The price of this Raid varies from store to store but its currently available at Asda for only £1.97 which I think is pretty good.
All in all, in my opinion, Raid is one of the best Insect killer sprays; due to the fumes I am deducting one star however, so its 4 stars from me.
Every year ( in the summer ) I know it's inevitable - I'm going to get a rude wake-up call from some kind of insect. It's just too hot at night so I have to have the window open! If I don't wake up at the crack of dawn to close it, I'll get a terrifying wake-up call. Well, I say terrifying - some people aren't too bothered by flying insects. Me, on the other hand, well I have a Phobia. I can't even look at pictures! So out comes SC Johnson's Raid Fly and Wasp Killer. I'm so grateful for it being easy to use, I just wish I didn't have to get so close. It says not to spray near surfaces but to hell with that. Insects are easier to spray when they're up against the window. While it does kill the horrible things eventually I hate the reaction. loud, angry buzzing makes me scream and I end up running to the other side of the room! ..and sometimes out of it. I use it very liberally, mostly because I like to make sure they're definately as dead as a doornail. Great stuff, this insecticide! It also stinks ( even though it says 'pleasant outdoor scent' ) but still, It gets the job done. Now I'm just left with the bodies that I'm still scared of :\ If anyone can give me tips of getting rid of phobias, please tell me!
I have never (touch wood) been stung by a wasp or bee in all my 28 years. While this does make me feel a little special, it has left me with an irrational fear of wasps in particular. I think if I knew what to expect then I wouldn't be so freaked out by them. Now, since I can't abide a house with closed windows at any time of year and I smoke so the back door is always open, I often have renegade trespasser wasps to deal with when I am alone in the house all through Summer. Alone save for the dog, but I'm not sure what he would do except stare and possibly try to eat it.
So I have a can of Raid fly and wasp killer to hand (literally, it sits on the worktop beside my laptop where I spend a lot of the day!) at all times. The last can I got was bought from Tesco, and it was around £2.75 but I can't remember exactly. I hadn't bought it for ages so I wasn't sure what it would cost but I can say I was a little peeved at such a high price tag! I was hoping to find an own brand maybe, but Raid was the only insecticide available in that store. So I bought it obviously, I can't be without it!
It comes in a serious looking 300ml blue and yellow aerosol can, with a couple of poor flying creatures being killed by a rather nasty looking lightning bolt. It proclaims "kills flying insects in seconds" and "kills bugs dead". I have to say this makes me feel a bit sad, after all they're only going about their business, right? If they would only listen to me and just stay out my house....
The spray itself comes out quite thick, and is nice and even. There is a lot of information on the back, as this is quite a nasty product. I will summarise the majority of it throughout the review, but make sure you do read it before using. It is extremely flammable, very dangerous for the environment (potential long term adverse effects in aquatic environments) and very toxic to aquatic organisms; you must ensure that any pets are not in the way of the spray and that you cover all aquariums or cages. The active ingredients are tetramethrin (0.32% w/w) and d-phenothrin (0.07% w/w), both strong insecticidal agents. Breathing the spray and skin and eye contact should be avoided.
The directions are simply to shake well and spray short bursts into the air in the vicinity of flying insects, avoiding contamination of foodstuffs, food preparation areas and utensils (or making sure you wash everything thoroughly if this is unavoidable). It also states to keep the spray at least 1 metre away from wallpaper and surfaces, but I so don't do this!
The way I use it, is by spraying it pretty much directly onto the wasp; when they come in they go straight to my large kitchen window so I simply spray them directly to trap them at the window - I get the spray on my window, windowsill tiles and probably even the walls and it's caused no problem for me. I do have to clean up afterward as my sink is right under my window and often there may be crockery on the draining board; this all gets washed again. I have to be very careful with this as I have 5 open topped turtle tanks and a lidded aquarium, as well as a large collection of other critters upstairs (including many exotic invertebrates - i.e. insects!) This is why I have to trap the offending wasp against the window, I cannot spray this into the air and end up chasing the poor dying thing around with it. I simply cannot use it outside of those 2 square metres at the kitchen window. Using it this way has been very effective though and as said, I have experienced no problems. Might be worth noting though that my kitchen walls are papered, painted with kitchen and bathroom paint so they can take a lot of washing.
So does it kill in seconds? Well, no. It may kill some small defenceless houseflies in seconds, but I would never use it on them. I only use it against wasps, and bees if I really have to. But it does kill in minutes. After a couple of sprays, I see the wasp has fallen onto the windowsill, usually on its back and I can hear it buzzing for several minutes after, although it is immobilised. So it does work fast. It also promises to be effective against mosquitoes.
It does make what I think is a laughable claim - "A pleasant outdoor fresh scent". Ha! This smells anything but pleasant, it smells like chemical warfare! It smells exactly as fly spray typically smells; heavily chemical and cloying that catches at the back of your throat. I do find it doesn't linger for too long though so it's not bad. I would never expect insecticide to have a nice fragrance and I don't think anyone else should either. It may be attempted but this one certainly doesn't deliver on that. I don't think the true smell of the chemicals used can be covered up or disguised.
In terms of value, I have to admit this isn't bad. It is quite expensive but you don't need to use too much (I use more than directed, I know it) and since it's not something you will definitely use every day or all year round the can lasts a fairly long time. I can't say how often I buy this yet as I still have most of the can left, even though I bought it a few weeks back. The can before that I had for years. So it is probably fabulous value actually!
Fact is, I won't be stopping buying this anytime soon. It works very well and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it against flying and stinging warmongers. You just have to exercise caution as insecticides are nasty not only to bugs but to a whole host of other animals and people too.
Specially formulated for the control of flying insects including flies, mosquitoes and wasps. Raid Fly and Wasp Killer is suitable for use indoors in kitchens and other rooms in domestic situations.