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Oh no Pea Beau

CHOICE finds some surface sprays fail to stop cockroaches in their tracks

22 November 2013

A CHOICE test of 15 surface sprays has found that hitting cockroaches with the old Pea Beu is the least effective way to take down these creepy crawlies, scoring a meagre 1 out of 100 in overall performance. 
“It doesn’t matter how long you spent hitting ‘em high or hitting ‘em low, the old Pea Beu failed to kill any German cockroaches and only 3% of American cockroaches in the CHOICE test,” says CHOICE Head of Media, Tom Godfrey.     
“While there are 3,000 species of cockroach species worldwide, the most common species in Australia are the American and the German cockroaches. American cockroaches are large and ubiquitous, while the smaller German cockroaches mainly live inside.”
“While Pea Beu Insect Killer Low Irritant Lemon Fresh performed poorly, Woolworths Select Natural Pyrethrum Insect Spray wasn’t very effective either and we wouldn’t recommend either of these products.”
“If you want to stop roaches dead in their tracks you might be best to reach for the Mortein High Performance and NaturGard Surface Sprays, Amgrow Patrol Ant, Spider and Cockroach Killer, Baygon Do-It-Yourself Indoor Expert Home Surface Spray, Atlas High Performance Cockroach & Surface Spray, Raid One Shot Crawling Insect Surface Spray Targetkill and Coles Crawling Insect Killer Spray High Performance. These products performed excellently in our tests.”
Active ingredients in surface sprays are the chemicals that do the work to kill roaches. These ingredients can be harmful to your health if not used properly, so use sparingly and in a targeted manner, and wash your hands after use. Take extra care if you have small children or pets.
Pay particular attention to the warning label at the top of the product. No warning means the product is relatively safe to use. ‘Caution’ means the product is low to moderately hazardous and could cause irritation to the skin or eyes, while ‘poison’ is very hazardous and can cause poisoning if it enters the body. ‘Dangerous poison’ means the product is extremely hazardous – just a small amount can cause poisoning or even death if it enters the body. Always exercise caution when using insecticide.
For more information on how to combat cockroaches and the full repellant performance report visit:

Cockroach prevention tips:
  • Turn off your appliances - Cockroaches like to hide in warm, dark places
  • Keep your home clean, particularly your kitchen
  • Don’t leave your pet’s food or food scraps in pet bowls
  • Thoroughly clean your home regularly
  • Seal cracks and openings in walls
  • Clean out garbage and clutter
  • Don’t accumulate newspapers
  • Don’t leave dishes in the sink overnight
  • Remove any water sources such as dripping taps. Cockroaches can live a month without food but only a week without water.
  • Pay particular attention to the warning label at the top of the product and ensure it is out of reach from children and pets.

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