How safe is your bug spray?

How safe is your bug spray?

Insect killer, bug spray, also known as insecticides and pesticides. If household bug spray can kill an insect, what damage is it doing to your pets, your family and you?

Mortein Fast Knockdown Multi Insect Killer and Raid One Shot Flying Insect Killer are commonly used household aerosols that can be bought at your local supermarket. It is important to find out the effects the chemicals may have in your household.

These products are aerosols and can affect you and your family through inhalation and skin absorption. More detail and how to use a product safely is through finding the chemical’s Safety Data Sheet (SDS). This was easily found on the Mortein website however the Raid SDS was only supplied for a similar product. Both of these state not to inhale, and to avoid contact with skin and eyes. It is important the safety directions are followed as over-exposure can lead to coughing, and skin, eye and respiratory tract irritation.

The same approach to protect humans from insect killer applies to your pets as well. However in regards to your fish, these insect killers are toxic to aquatic life therefore cover your fish tanks or reconsider using around them.

To avoid adverse effects, read and follow the labels on the aerosol can. After reviewing both insect killers they detail the relevant information in line with their SDS’s on how to use, precautions, first aid, and storage and disposal. These need to be noted as they give an indication of the harm the chemical can do.

To keep you and your family safe, before buying a new household chemical, have a think if it’s really needed and remember to follow the safety instructions.


Reckitt Bensckiser. (2012). Safety Data Sheet Mortein Fast Knockdown Multi Insect Killer Aerosol. Retrived from

Diversey. (2011). Material Safety Data Sheet Raid Commercial Insecticide Fast Kill Fly and Insect Killer. Retrieved from


  1. Agree with all of the above!!! We spray this stuff around our living spaces then wallow in the mist… many manufacturers scent the product (more chemicals) so they’re more pleasant when we breathe it in… crazy!

  2. Great post’ it is always important to consider what other risks you may be introducing when trying to fix an issue. Sometimes the harmful effects of the chemical such as these can be worse than the problem. A substitute to a less harmful approach would be better.

  3. Great post. I agree we often overlook the impact these products may have on our health and, surrounding environment as these are readily available in our local supermarkets. Maybe it would be a good idea to ensure the area is well ventilated or wear some form of protective equipment when using the product next time!

  4. I agree. I will certainly be sure to read the warning labels on products more closely. And will think about what products I can substitute with that are less hazardous to the health of those living in my house.

  5. Hi

    I have seen the miss use of these products my entire life. I think people believe the ads on TV and the ease at which it is bought at the supermarket make it safe. Better education is required around these types of products

  6. Great post. Often we tend to be oblivious to the harmful effects of chemicals contained in items that we can buy in supermarkets.

  7. Good advice.

    We are too often oblivious to the potential risks or impact that a chemical product may cause purely because we are motivated by the specific application at that moment in time without considering the wider effects.

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