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Raid Fly and Wasp Killer
Member Name: eilidhcatriona
Raid Fly and Wasp Killer
Date: 20/10/10, updated on 20/10/10 (202 review reads)
Advantages: Works quickly, lasts for hours, pleasant smell
Disadvantages: Doesn't get to the root of the problem
I've recently had a bit of a fly infestation. As in, loads of the things. I think I've now figured out where they're coming from and stopped the problem at the source, but before I did that I just wanted to treat the problem and get rid of the flies.
So when it became apparent that there were too many to continue blasting them with air freshener and whapping them with a tea towel, I bought a can of Raid Fly & Wasp Spray from the Co-op for around £1.90.
I checked the instructions carefully, thinking about the safety of me and my cat. The only major health warning if used properly (i.e. not ingested) was that the spray could be harmful to aquatic environments - fish tanks. Not having fish, this wasn't a problem for me. The instructions also advised that you spray at least one metre from any surface, but I have to be honest and say I didn't really heed this warning - the size and shape of my flat would make that difficult anyway.
So I started spraying, a few short bursts around my living room and kitchen. The effect was instantaneous. At this point I think there were around 30 flies, most of which were congregated on my window, with some flying around. Immediately they started moving faster and there was a tremendous buzz. The cat ran away and hid in the bedroom. I looked at the flies on the windowledge - they were all lying on their backs spinning at top speed. Some were still flying drunkenly around, but soon dropped on the carpet. Within minutes I was collecting dead or dying flies from around the flat, and there were next to none left after 10 minutes.
I was impressed by the sheer speed that the Raid worked, and the fact that I could really see that it was working. The can claimed that the spray was "long-lasting" and would continue to kill flies that came into the flat. I was spraying it at regular intervals just to be sure however. I did find a lot of dead flies when I came home from work though, so it was lasting at least for 12 hours.
I continued spraying over the next few days, but the situation got worse, with more flies every day, which is when I decided I needed to solve the problem at the source. Raid continued working beautifully, but it wasn't solving the problem. I think I've now solved the problem, although there are still a few stray flies about, and I keep turning back to the Raid to get rid of the blighters.
The can claimed that the spray leaves a pleasant fresh fragrance - a claim which I greatly doubted, but in all honesty I didn't care, I was buying it to kill flies, not make my flat smell nice. However, it does leave a nice fresh smell. It's not as strong as an air freshener, and it smells a little more chemical than an air freshener would, but it's not bad at all, I'm quite impressed.
I'm really impressed with Raid. It is by no means a solution if you have a major fly problem like I did, but it really does kill flies quickly, last for a while and smell nice. I haven't used it on wasps (although I did use it on a big scary spider which took up residence outside my front door - it worked on it) so I can't comment on its effectiveness on them, but given how effective it is on flies, I would confidently expect good results with wasps too.
Summary: A highly effective fly killer