Product Type: SC Johnson household products
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Raid Fly and Wasp Killer
Member Name: Karonher
Raid Fly and Wasp Killer
Date: 21/07/13, updated on 21/07/13 (44 review reads)
Advantages: Does not smell too strong
Disadvantages: Not that effective
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.
Summary: Not too bad for the price