Pros: Effective Drop dead Results
Cons: Too Many Unknowns to Be Comfortable With This Product
Recently we were invaded by bees in our office. It happened slowly; one or two, then it worsened to the point that we had to get out of the office and survey the outside of the building to see where they were coming in from. The culprit was a loosened soffit board that allowed just enough of and enough of an enticement to build a hive.
We have a service that takes care of crawling critters, and made the call to have someone come out, but they advised it would take a few hours. Unwilling to wait, they recommended Raid Wasp & Hornet Spray as a temporary fix. We went out and bought six cans.
Care & Use
Having taken a cue from our exterminator, I pulled out a pair of rubber gloves along with a pair of protective lenses and proceeded to pay a social call on a few Yellow Jackets. The product claims to spray up to 22 feet so all I really needed was an 8 foot step ladder to assure that most of the product went into the void in the soffit as opposed to dissipating in to the air.
Raid Wasp & Hornet Spray is like a musket, you really only get one shot at getting a large colonies attention so you have to make it a good showing or prepare to take your shoes for a run, because once the bees get a sense that you are invading their space they make no bones about coming after you. That being my experience with these products in the past, I was keenly aware of my aim and managed to get a great shot at their entry point. I easily emptied half a can until a few bees flew into the area caught sight of me and flew toward me. By this time the strong straight spray had become more mist like and they flew into it and literally fell out of the sky! That has never happened in my experience and then I started to realize I should have worn a safety mask.
I promptly went to the bathroom and washed my face and exposed arms and went back to survey the damage. I saw bees attempting to fly into the void and promptly hovered out of the doused area. I knew that I had a short window of opportunity to nail up this piece of soffit and this was not it. I would have top wait until later in the day or next to finish the job.
Meanwhile the girls had the office infestation well in hand with a little help from the Electrolux. They took after the Yellow Jackets with the vacuum and made quick work of the problem. I simply removed the bag and sprayed was left of the left of the first can killing the hum of bees in the bag almost instantly.
Raid Wasp & Hornet Spray is an extraordinarily effective product. That means it is extremely toxic to bees and humans, so real care has to be taken to assure you are handling this product in the safest possible manner. I would certainly recommend gloves, eyewear and avoid contact with your skin as per instructions on the can. In addition the manufacturer recommends you remove any clothing that has been sprayed with Raid Wasp & Hornet Spray and rinse for 15 minutes.
The active ingredients include:
.20% Tetramethrin . A suspected carcinogen and neuro toxicant
.20% Peremethrin Carcinogen, endocrine, gastrointestinal, neuro, reproductive & liver toxicant
99.6% Other Ingredients
You have to understand that while these are toxic ingredients, you really do not know how much is enough to cause you injury. If you are pregnant, do you really want to use this product?
What about the 99.6% of other ingredients? We are label readers and many assume that because the product isnt listed that the 99.6% of other ingredients is safe, not so! I a report by the New York environmental Protection Bureau, dated May 200 ordered by Elliot Spitzer, New Yorks Attorney General,** it was determined \Pesticide products contain a variety of ingredients that either are known to be toxic or have not been adequately tested for toxicity and the public is denied of their presence. These inert products can include :
that can cause nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, skin, eye irritations, pancreatitis, nervous system disruption, dizziness, respiratory paralysis, comas and a sundry assortment of maladies including death.
Now, please do not get the impression that I am a raging environmentalist here; this is not the purpose of this piece. While Raid Wasp & Hornet Spray is an extraordinary exterminating spray, I want you to be keenly aware that it is also a product with that needs to be used with the utmost care. While the above list of products is not a laundry list of ingredients, Raid chooses not to reveal them to you leaving the consumer in the dark about the product they throw into their shopping carts. In the absence of information, know that these are the likely candidates for the Other Ingredients list. Do you want to spray this in your home, where you, your kids, pets reside? I would likely isolate the area and follow up with a thorough cleaning afterwards. Enough about the caveats.
One effect Epinions has on me is it has made me an effective consumer. I look at labels and ask questions, and look at a product more discriminatingly that I used to. While Raid Wasp & Hornet Spray is an effective product that should be used sparingly enough to get the job done taking care to protect the consumer from physical contact. Simple contact with Paper Wasps, yellow Jackets, Mud Daubers, Bald-Face Hornets and bees will get the job done. The oily consistency sticks to the critter in question and renders them dead almost instantly.
Yellow Jackets coming into contact with a contaminated area in the day to come, were disoriented, crawling on the floor, attaching to windows and drapes to the extent that you literally could pick them up with your gloved hand with no stinging. I waited two days to get back up to nail up the soffit, until no other Yellow Jackets hovered about.
My final thoughts are while Raid Wasp & Hornet Spray is an effective product, I may opt to deal with my exterminator who is extremely helpful and informative about the product he uses around my house and business, and allow a professional to handle future pest problems.