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Safer® Brand Aerosols FAQs

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Flying Insect Trap FAQs

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Answers to the Frequently Asked Questions

Safer® Brand Aerosols FAQs

 

Q: Do you still have the Victor® Poison-Free aerosols available for purchase?

A: We no longer have the Victor® Poison-Free aerosol products. Safer® Brand aerosols have replaced the Victor® Poison-Free aerosols. We have made a better, more effective product with the Safer® Brand aerosols, so we decided to discontinue the Victor® Poison-Free aerosols.

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Q: How do the Safer® Brand aerosols work to kill insects?

A: The products are made from ingredients which put tiny holes in the insect's exoskeleton so the active ingredients can get into the insect's nervous system to paralyze the insect and cause death.

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Q: What are the active ingredients of your Safer® Brand aerosols?

A: Active ingredients by wt.:  D-Limonene 1.000%, Pyrethrins 0.050%, Potassium Salts of Fatty Acids 1.000%, Other ingredients 97.950%.

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Q: How effective are Safer® Brand aerosols?

A: Safer® Brand aerosols kill bugs in seconds.

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Q: How long will the products remain effective?

A: The residual kill is strongest within the first week, but Safer® Brand aerosols can continue to kill insects for up to 4 weeks. Since the products have organic ingredients, they have less residual and are more biodegradable unlike solvent-based, toxic aerosols.

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Q: Are the products EPA registered?

A: Yes. The EPA reviews our labels to ensure all claims made on the label are verified and true.

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Q: I have flying aphids on my garden plants. Will your Safer® Brand aerosol hurt the plants?

A: Although the ingredients in the aerosol products will not harm your plant, the Safer® Brand Flying Insect Killer is not to be used on plants. It is labeled and registered as an insect contact killer aerosol product.


We do have other products that will work for aphids on your plants - try our Insect Killing Soap or End-All Insect Killer.

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Q: When I spray Safer® Brand aerosols on my kitchen counters, do I need to clean the counters before preparing a meal?

A: Safer® Brand aerosols are not intended to be sprayed on surfaces. They are an insect contact spray. If you see any excess liquid on your counter from the spray, remove it with a rag dipped in warm soapy water.

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Q: What if my pet licks it off his or her feet?

A: We always recommend to take caution and monitor your pets behavior if they do consume any amount of product and to take them to see a veterinarian if any issue persists.

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Q: My Safer® Brand Aerosol does not spray well. What can I do?

A: Be sure to shake the can upside down for at least 15 seconds.

All cans should spray in the form of a mist except the Wasp & Hornet Spray Model 5730. This should come out in a powerful stream. If you have a can of another variety that seems to malfunction, and you live within the United States please call our Customer Care at (855)-7-ORGANIC. We will replace the can for you.

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Q: I was told that your hornet/wasp spray could be used to kill roaches. Is that true?

A: Although our Safer® Brand Wasp & Hornet Spray contains the same ingredients as Safer® Brand Ant & Cockroach spray, the Wasp & Hornet product is not designed or labeled for use on roaches.

The main reason why you DON'T want to use the Wasp & Hornet Spray for this is that the can is designed to dispense a high pressure stream about 15 feet. That's useful when you're on the ground and spraying a hornet nest up in the air at a distance. Used indoors, this intense stream would certainly splatter the spray all over your house, as well as literally blowing the roaches away.

The Ant & Roach spray comes out in a more gentle mist which is necessary in applying a lethal coating uniformly over the body of the roach.

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Q: Do you have any products for elimination of carpet beetles?

A: Unfortunately, we don't offer any carpet-beetle solutions at this time.

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Q: Do your aerosol products contain CFCs?

A: No. Our products don't contain CFCs, which are the main cause of ozone depletion in the stratosphere.

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Q: Do any of your aerosol products kill lice?

A: No, nor are they intended to be sprayed on people.

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Q: How do I get rid of carpenter bees?

A: Seal up the holes they use to gain access. Sometimes painting the area will help deter them.

You may want to consult an exterminator if the infestation is severe. We recommend searching Safety Source for Pest Management to find a pest control operator who uses the least toxic methods.

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Q: Are Safer® Brand aerosols safe around ponds, and safe for frogs and fish?

A: These products are intended as direct contact sprays to insects. If any amount of product is sprayed into or spills in a pond you will want to remove the fish and put them in a clean water source immediately. Pyrethrins can have negative side effects on fish.

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Q: Is the spray safe to use around cats? Also, must I spray it directly on insects for it to be effective?

A: It is an insect contact killer spray so you want to target the insects as much as possible for it to be effective. You should also avoid spraying the aerosol around cats and other pets.  

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Flying Insect Trap FAQs

Answers to the Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: How do your Fly Traps compare in effectiveness to one another and to an ultraviolet trap?

A: For outdoor use for flies, the fly trap is definitely the best. If by ultraviolet, you mean bug zappers, they are ok, but attract a lot of other insects that are otherwise not a problem. The Victor Fly Magnet® is specific to house flies and several other species of nuisance flies (Blue bottle, Blow fly).

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Q: What is the fly bait made of and is the odor offensive?

A: The bait formulation is proprietary, but consists mostly of food grade ingredients, to be more specific (proteins). The odor is not as strong if the trap is placed in an area with a lot of air circulation. The important thing is that the flies love it!

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Q: Do you carry ultraviolet light bug zappers and, if so, how much do they cost?

A: We have an Electronic Fly Killer that uses ultraviolet light to lure the flying insect into the trap. The light does not actually kill the insect. The insect becomes trapped inside. It is very effective. You can purchase the Electronic Fly Killer in our online store.

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Q: What do you recommend for indoor use and why?

A: I recommend Victor® Fly Tape, or Victor® Fly Strip for use indoor. This will attract and trap flies very effectively, and without the odor. Visit our Fly Solutions page.

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Q: Do you do any repellents for clothes moths?

A: Safer® Brand has two great traps for moths, including one for clothes moths. On our web site, we also offer tips for keeping moths away from your closet. Visit our moths page for more information about these great products and tips.

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Q: Will your Fly Trap and/or Fly Magnet® bait work for fruit flies?

A: Our Fly Traps will certainly work for fruit flies. The Fly Magnet® bait, however, was not designed to draw fruit flies. Instead, put a small amount of beer inside the trap and place in a cube of bread to serve as bait. Chunks of fruit in water also work well for drawing fruit flies to the trap.

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Q: How do I remove the "sticky stuff" that came from a pull-out fly catcher from my skin?

A: Apply vegetable oil to the area. Within a few minutes, the oil will begin to dissolve the glue. Re-apply oil as needed until all the glue is dissolved. Remove oily residue with warm soapy water.

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Q: How are migthone fly species different from other species?

A: There are many species of fly. I recommend you visit our fly species page on Saferbrand.com. There we have a description of common fly species.

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Q: How can I get rid of pantry moths? What product should be used at each stage in the lifecycle. Also, how frequently should I use the product?

A: These are all fantastic questions about a moth problem. On our moths page you'll find traps for moths, instructions for the products, and tips for preventing moths from destroying your clothes.

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Q: I have a mulberry tree in my yard, very close to my home. The flies become unbearable. Please give me some much needed advice on getting rid of these pesky flies?

A: I highly recommend using the Victor® bottle traps. By hanging them outside in the tree, you will have great success in controlling the fly population. You can read more about these traps, and order them, at our Flies page.

You can also keep a can of our Safer® Brand Flying Insect Killer handy to use inside the house. It will kill the flies on contact. That is also available on our Flies page. If you have any doubts, read the testimonials about our fly traps.

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Q: How can I get rid of lots of flies around my house?

A: I suggest using our Fly Magnet® Fly Trap. We have a gallon size trap that you can purchase in our online store. It is very effective. If you have any doubts, feel free to read testimonials that other customers have sent us.

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