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Let's Kill Some Flies
Raid Fly and Wasp Killer
Member Name: Tolteca
Raid Fly and Wasp Killer
Date: 04/10/12, updated on 03/04/13 (52 review reads)
Advantages: Kills flies and wasps quickly.
Disadvantages: Keep away from fish.
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.
Summary: Kills flying and stinging insects with one blast.