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Friday, June 22, 2012

Review of Raid Max Bug Barrier with Auto Trigger and Hot Shot MaxAttrax Roach Killing Powder with Boric Acid

I live in an apartment complex in which there is a problem with pests, more specifically cockroaches. I have tried many things to get rid of the problem, but to no avail. The management at the apartment complex has there own pest control company to come in and spray all the units, but it does no good. I actually notice an increase in roaches shortly after the pest control company treats my unit. It appears that the pesticide that this so-called pest control company uses is nourishment for roaches!

My housekeeping is fairly good, as I have always washed dirty dishes immediately, swept, mopped, and vacuumed my floors. I make it a point to take out the garbage at least twice a day. So, in other words, I don’t leave any food out for the roaches. A staff member at the apartment complex revealed to me the main reason for the roach problem. She told me that a couple of my neighbors had very dirty living conditions (for privacy reasons, she didn’t identify the dirty neighbors).

I tried traditional roach sprays, which work fairly well. In the middle of the night, I used to wake up just to go on a killing spree and spray every roach in sight. Like I mentioned, this works good. However, one problem that I have with traditional roach sprays is the bad odor that is left behind after spraying. The smell is sometimes so strong, that it is carried into my bedroom through the A/C vents. Another problem that I have noted with traditional roach sprays is that they only kill roaches on contact. I am more interested in products that kill on contact as well as repel roaches and prevent future generations. Products, such as Riddex are very appealing to me, but every time I go online to order, it is out of stock.

The roach infestation was so out of control, that whenever I cooked or sat down to eat, the roaches would come out a lot more often. They would come out, fearlessly, like someone had invited them all to dinner. And don’t get me started with the roach droppings and stench they leave. The last straw came after I was attacked by a large, flying cockroach in the wee hours of the morning. I was awoken by the feeling of the roach crawling on me and I jumped out of bed screaming in horror. I woke my family up with all the screaming and they all wanted to know what the hell was wrong with me. I have seen burly men reduced to screaming, little bihotches by flying roaches. Well anyways, I think that I have found what I am looking for in Raid Max Bug Barrier with Auto Trigger and Hot Shot MaxAttrax Roach Killing Powder with Boric Acid.

Hot Shot MaxAttrax
Roach Killing Powder
with Boric Acid
Hot Shot MaxAttrax Roach Killing Powder with Boric Acid comes in a white powder form and it is manufactured by Spectrum Group, Division of United Industries Corporation. I got a 16 oz. bottle of it at the Home Depot for about $4.50. The product contains 99% orthoboric acid, which is the active ingredient. It is so simple to use and it‘s not messy. I like to thoroughly clean my apartment from top to bottom and then sprinkle Hot Shot Roach Killing Powder into mainly the cracks, crevices and other places that roaches tend to hide. I sprinkle it especially in cupboards and cabinets. Some people mix it with sugar, but I don’t bother doing that. I am careful not to put it near food and utensils, though. By the way, I hear that it is effective for killing ants as well.

I used Hot Shot MaxAttrax Roach Killing Powder for the first time last year. After using this product I saw a large reduction in the amount of roaches running around the apartment. You notice a big difference after only a few days. It is actually amusing to watch the surviving (but dying) roaches walking around, trembling like they are high on drugs.

Whereas before, I would get up in the middle of the night and see about 30 or so roaches walking around on the kitchen counter. After using Hot Shot MaxAttrax Roach Killing Powder, I saw maybe a few roaches coming out sometimes. There are no noxious fumes or bad odors with using this product. I was reasonably satisfied with the product, but still felt that there was something better available.  I wanted to up the ante on my war against roaches.

Raid Max Bug Barrier
Auto Triggger

Well, I recently came across a $3.00 coupon in the Smartsource for Raid Max Bug Barrier. I decided that if I could get it at a decent price that it would be worth a try. I purchased a 64 fl oz. bottle at Walmart for $11 (minus the $3.00 coupon) and began to use it that very evening. The thing that I love about Raid Max Bug Barrier is that not only is it effective, there is no horrible smell. It’s manufactured by S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc. which claims that the product is also effective at killing ants, fleas, flies, gnats, ticks, spiders and a host of other pests.

The bottle comes with a battery operated, automatic trigger that makes a funny sound. I spray it around every corner of my home, mainly at the baseboards. I sprayed it underneath the kitchen sink where I keep non food items, behind the refrigerator, and behind the stove. The manufacturer states that Raid Max Bug Barrier keeps killing German cockroaches for up to 12 months. The active ingredient in it is 0.03% deltamethrin.

I have to add that I am now using Raid Max Bug Barrier in conjunction with Hot Shot MaxAttrax Roach Killing Powder. I have been using them both for about three weeks, and the results are astounding to say the least. The roaches aren’t completely eliminated, but at least the infestation is no where near what it used to be. Flying roaches don’t attack me and the roaches don’t come out like they used to. I see one or two roaches every few days. I even get up in the middle of the night just to check, and still no roaches. Thank you Raid Max and Hot Shot! The only down fall that I can see with using these products is that every week I have to clean roach corpses from the cupboards and behind the fridge and stove. That’s a small price to pay for getting rid of those little bastards.

Of course, you should carefully follow the manufacturers’ instructions for using these products. Both products are potentially harmful and must be kept out of the reach of children and pets. Now I stated that I use the two products in conjunction, but I don’t commingle or mix them. I never use one product on top of the other. The two products are used in separate areas of my apartment.  Taking this a step further, I do not even suggest that you use these products together.

For more information about Raid Max Bug Barrier with Auto Trigger visit

www.killbugsdead.com or call 800-558-5252.

For more information about Hot Shot MaxAttrax Roach Killing Powder with boric acid visit www.hotshot.com or call 1-800-917-5431.

© Copyright 2012 Susan Broadbelt

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Review of Lysol Disinfectant Spray, Crisp Linen Scent

Disclosure: I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. I am not affiliated with the company that manufactures and distributes these products. I paid for the products with my own funds. This review reflects my own experience with and honest opinion of the products as a consumer.

Lysol Disinfectant
Spray, Crisp Linen
I am a person who is really concerned about germs. Microorganisms are all around us. They can be isolated from the door knobs that we handle and even the air that we breathe. So in order to protect myself from those microorganisms that illness, I use Lysol disinfectant spray.

Lysol products are manufactured for and distributed by Reckitt Benckiser, Inc. According to the company, Lysol disinfectant spray kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. It also kills 99.9% mold & mildew. More specifically, Lysol disinfectant spray kills Influenza A virus, Influenza B virus, Rhino virus Type 39, Salmonella enterica, E. coli, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), etc. I’ve had boils caused by Staph and it is not pretty. Anyways, this is not an exhaustive list of the microbes that Lysol will kill.

The product is so powerful and effective that it is used in hospitals. It passes the AOAV Germicidal Spray Product Test standard. The active ingredient in Lysol disinfectant spray is 0.1% Alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium saccharinate and 58% Ethanol.

I usually purchase Lysol in a 19oz. aerosol spray can, which runs about $4 at retail stores. It is available in many scents. The scent that I purchase most often is crisp linen. Only, the product doesn’t smell anything like Crisp Linen. The 19 oz. can lasts me about two months, since I don’t go crazy spraying everything.

In my home, I use Lysol disinfectant spray to deodorize the air after using the toilet. From time to time, I spray Lysol on door knobs and wipe them real good. Touching door knobs is one of the most common ways that germs are transmitted between people. People carry germs with their hands and spread them by touching things.

I live in Florida, which has a tropical climate conducive to mold growth. When it is very hot and humid, sometimes the atmosphere in my home smells moldy. Therefore, I use Lysol disinfectant spray in the rooms to help eliminate that moldy smell. Then, I open up the windows to air the home out. It works reasonably to neutralize bad odors, although the product itself doesn’t exactly smell wonderful. Lysol disinfectant has a really strong medicine-like and chemical smell.

Outside of my home, I use it to sanitize and disinfect at Laundromats and public restrooms. Prior to loading my clothing into washing machines, I spray the inside of the machine with Lysol and let it sit for several minutes. In this way I feel assured that most bacteria or viruses present are killed. As far as my Lysol use in public restrooms goes, it is a quirky ritual. I spray the toilet seats and top portion of the toilet bowl very well. Then, I line the toilet seat with toilet paper before I sit on the seat. It’s kind of weird but that’s the only way that I feel somewhat comfortable using public toilets.

I like the way that the spray nozzle and top of the can are designed. You don’t have to worry about removing and replacing a cap on the can. The nozzle is surrounded by a plastic covering. There is a slot or notch on the top of the can where you place your finger on the nozzle to spray. The plastic covering protects the nozzle from damage caused by over-bending the nozzle or dropping the can.   There is not much more annoying to me than broken spray nozzles.  Broken spray nozzles equal half-empty cans of product that you can't use, which equals waste.  So, this feature is a major plus.

Lysol Disinfectant Spray
view of the spray nozzle

It is very important to follow the instructions in order to get the most out of this product.  There are different instructions on how to deodorize, sanitize, disinfect, etc.  Also, I don't know how effective Lysol disinfectant spray is for killing germs in extaneous organic matter, such as feces, urine,  vomitus, or blood.  You may do well to use bleach diluted with water when trying to disinfect extraneous organic matter.

Lysol disinfectant spray is a great product. However, if there were one thing that I could change about it, it would be the scent. I am confident that it kills germs, but it has a strong chemical odor. When I don’t feel like spraying and inhaling the smell, Lysol disinfectant wipes are another option.

For more information about Lysol products, call 1-800-228-4722. 

Copyright 2012 www.thewhimsicalmusingsofsusan.com


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