Raid spray can kill a variety of pests including fleas and cockroaches while preventing the occurrence of more. What has the power to kill insects can also negatively affect your health, though. You can suffer effects from mild irritation to severe illness if you mishandle your Raid products. You should always use caution when using harmful pesticides.
Direct exposure to the Raid brands of roach and flea repellents can cause mild skin irritation. There may also be a mild reaction if an allergic person encounters an item with a recent coating of insect repellent. Avoid touching freshly sprayed areas with bare skin. If irritation occurs, wash the affected skin as soon as possible. Wash regularly until the rash fades. If the rash persists, schedule a visit with your doctor to find the root cause of the irritation and nullify it.
Mild eye irritation can occur when you use both Raid's roach and flea killer. As you apply the spray, particles can swirl in the air and land on your eyes. Your eyes can end up looking red and puffy. Excessive watering and itchiness are also signs that some chemicals flew into your eyes. Flush your eyes with saline eye drops if irritation occurs. Refrain from rubbing your eyes until you have a chance to wash your hands after handling the spray bottles.
Raid roach spray can have detrimental effects on your respiratory health of you accidentally inhale it. The effects could be as simple as a painful repeated cough or you can suffer mild poisoning that requires medical attention. Do not put your hands anywhere near your mouth or nose until you wash the residue off them. It is wise to avoid using the roach spray at all if you have chronic respiratory problems such as asthma.
It is important to practice safety before, during and after the use of both Raid roach and flea spray. To prevent the worst of the irritation, you should put on a pair of gloves, goggles and a mask before you attempt to use the poison. Remove all food products and dishes from the area you treat or the spray may contaminate them. Spray the can directly at the affected area to apply it. Lock the spray bottles in a child safe cabinet at room temperature after you finish applying the spray to the affected area.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Raid Ant and Roach Killer: June 2010
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Raid Flea Killer Plus-Old Product: June 2010
- U.S. National Library of Medicine: Bug Spray Poisoning: Jacob Heller, MD, MHA: January 2010
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Raid Commercial Insect Killer: June 2001