Product Type: SC Johnson household products
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Raid! Fly be gone!
Raid Fly and Wasp Killer
Member Name: catrocks03
Raid Fly and Wasp Killer
Advantages: kills flies quickly and without mess, good value for money
Disadvantages: horrible smell, can be dangerous to use (always read the directions for use and warnings)
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.
Summary: Always handy to have in the cupboard under the sink!