Does Raid Kill Wasps? Get the Answer Here!

Raid is an effective insecticide against common household bugs and flies. But is it suitable to get rid of wasps? Here’s the answer:

Raid can be used to kill wasps and eliminates the entire nest population while spraying from a distance of 22 feet. It is suitable for outdoor use. When used against wasps, Raid spray also leaves a pleasant scent behind.

Although Raid is popularly known as an ant killer, it has other side products that can kill paper wasps, hornets, bees, yellow jackets, mud daubers, and more.

In this article, I’ll discuss how Raid kills wasps, how long it takes to kill wasps with Raid, and precautions while using it.

Read on to find out!

Does Raid Wasp Hornet Killer Spray Kill Wasps?

Raid Wasp and Hornet Killer is a specialized product for killing wasps by SC Johnson. It’s very effective against hitting wasps’ nest entrances. Wasps appear to figure out something is wrong and begin dropping out and dying down beneath the nest.

The enzymes that break down Acetylcholine into Choline are inhibited by chemicals Prallethrin and Cypermethrin.

Raid Wasp and Hornet Killer, 17.5 OZ (Pack of 3)
  • Kills hornets, mud daubers, wasps and yellow jackets on contact
  • Wasp spray kills the entire nest
  • Wasp killer and hornet killer sprays up to 22 feet
  • Electrically non-conducting wasp and hornet killer up to 32,500 volts
  • For outdoor use

It stops the messages that would tell the muscle to relax, causing their muscles to tense up. As a result, the wasps’ bodies stiffen and stay that way.

You can use Raid Wasp Hornet Killer for apartments, wood fences, pavements, under the eaves, and on the roof.

The product is non-conducting up to 41,000 volts which makes it ideal for protecting electric devices and poles.

Raid Wasp Hornet Killer Spray Ingredients

These are the active ingredients in Raid Wasp and Hornet Killer:

  • Prallethrin (0.02%)
  • Cypermethrin (0.05%)
  • Petroleum Distillates
  • Other Ingredients (99.93%)

Raid Wasp Hornet Killer is not recommended for indoor use due to its strong odor and harmful chemicals.

Its smell is bad for pets and children and also leaves chemical residue on the surface while spraying. Therefore, it’s best only for the outdoors.

How Does Raid Kill Wasps?

Raid kills wasps instantly on contact with the help of active ingredients Cypermethrin and Prallethrin. It’s usable from a very long distance and shoots up to 22 ft. Upon contact, wasps fall dead within seconds and never get up. However, you would have to remove their nest to stop them from coming back.

The spray coats wasps when it comes in contact. However, if a wasp doesn’t get coated by the poison, it would still feel its effects but will be able to fly and come back to the hive when the situation is clear.

Hence, it’s specially designed to use in hard-to-reach areas.

If your intent is to completely eradicate the wasp nest, then a safe way is by removing their entire nest after using Raid Wasp and Hornet Killer.

Although the spray kills wasps immediately, it’s quickly consumed before you expect it. Therefore, it’s best to have one more in stock. If the infestation is severe, you might need more than one can to eliminate them.

How to Use Raid to Kill Wasps?

Follow these steps to kill wasps with Raid spray:

  1. Locate the center of the wasps’ nest.
  2. Shake the Raid spray before use.
  3. Find a strategic angle to spray while the sun is down.
  4. Give the nest a quick blast with the Raid spray can, pointing it downwind.
  5. To soak the nest and kill the larvae, give it a second and longer shot.
  6. Clean up the dead wasps and larvae the next morning.

Wasps are usually less active around sundown. It’s the best time to attack them with full strength. You can also use the spray very early morning when wasps haven’t started their frantic activities.

Does Raid Ant and Roach Killer Kill Wasps?

Although Raid Ant and Roach Killer can kill wasps, it’s not recommended to use it for spraying on wasps’ nests as its nozzle won’t allow you to stand further — exposing you in front of wasps stings. instead, use Raid Wasp and Hornet Killer Spray.

Most sprays have a misting nozzle, whereas Raid Wasp and Hornet Killer have a streaming nozzle to enable you to stand farther away, which is a significant physical distinction between the two.

I personally feel 15 ft is a good range to shoot spray-on wasps’ nests as the spray goes more in a straight line instead of wasting into vapors.

Necessary Precautions

Following precautions should be taken while using Raid to kill wasps:

  • Apply Raid spray from a safe distance to avoid wasps stings.
  • Rinse skin immediately with plenty of water if made contact with the spray.
  • Do not use Raid Wasps and Hornet Spray indoors.
  • Keep pets and children away from the sprayed surface.
  • Use face protection while spraying.
  • Keep the spray away from cooking and food utensils.

Raid Wasp and Hornet Killer Alternatives

There are several other wasps control options available if you’re not a fan of Raid. Here are some of them:

Ortho Home Defense Hornet and Wasp Killer

Ortho Home Defense uses an innovative and patented design to kill wasps and Hornets instantly.

Made with a special foam that immobilizes the insect, it also emits a powerful jet spray that reaches nests up to 20 feet in the air, ensuring you stay safe and away from the danger zone. It is perfect for eliminating nests around your home, carport, porch, and more.

Plus, the Entrapping foam prevents wasps from settling in again so you can feel safe and relaxed.

Spectracide Wasp & Hornet Killer Aerosol

It’s time to invest in a powerful wasp and hornet killer! Spectracide’s Wasp & Hornet Killer Aerosol is a non-toxic, easy-to-use aerosol that eliminates the nest and kills on contact.

It’s ideal for eliminating Wasps, Hornets, and Yellowjackets, as well as tent caterpillars, scorpions, and ants.

It also eliminates their nests, making your home and environment much safer.

Simply apply the spray at sunset when wasps are least active and stand with the wind at your back to avoid spray drift.


While Raid is good for killing many bugs such as carpet beetles, it’s no less effective when it comes to getting rid of wasps.

I would say Raid is more effective against other well-known pesticides (Home Depot/Lowe’s). Try yourself!

Faizan Khan

Hey! This is Faizan. I love to explore different ways to control pests. PestCircle is where I share my knowledge by writing articles on different pest control techniques. I always enjoy giving out my knowledge and experience with people to help people deal with pests effectively.

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