2014 – Insect Spray Ratings

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Top 3 most feared bugs in Australia

Australia sports some truly diverse wildlife, but according to some of the respondents to our recent survey, it’s the species closest to home that cause concern.

The Conversation stated in an article about arachnophobia :

“According to the American Psychiatric Association, phobias affect more than one in ten people in the US, and of those individuals, up to 40% of phobias are related to bugs.“

We asked average Australians which bugs gave them the ‘heebie-jeebies’, and while 34% state they’re not afraid of any (sure, we believe you *wink*), here are the dreaded top 3 and why they’re not worth fearing at all.


The arachnids of Australia were elected as a serious ‘fear’ by more Australians than any other insect (55% response rate). Interestingly, Victorians are most likely to dread the legged-creatures, whilst few Queenslanders said the same (64% versus 44%).

So, are spiders really worth all this anxiety? Not really. Let’s look at some of the facts.

  • According to National Geographic, bees are more deadly than spiders in Australia. Disregarding those with specific allergies, do you get especially worried about bee stings?
  • “That doesn’t mean they don’t kill people!” we hear you protest. Sorry, there have been no reported deaths from spider bites since 1979 in Australia, when antivenom was introduced for our native species. This antivenom is rarely needed, even in the event of a bite.
  • Spiders respond to threats, so if you leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone – simple as that. But even if they do attack, many spider bites don’t inject venom into your system – meaning it amounts to little more than a small cut.


Thirty percent of respondents fear cockroaches, and much of this is possibly a perception that they’re ‘filthy’. However, NineMSN squashed that perception years ago! They interviewed a micro-biologist and ran some tests. The results? Cockroaches, which clean themselves constantly (like a cat) left less bacteria in a Petri dish swab than a human finger swab! However, they do follow mess – so clean up after yourself and cockroaches won’t flock to your home.


Only 9% of our survey respondents fear moths, but we still thought we’d address this head on. Are moths dangerous? No. Not at all. They cannot bite you, they cannot sting you. In fact, they’re a form of cuisine in some parts of the world.

Which insect spray works best?

Woolworths: Insect Spray Award WinnersYou may not necessarily be afraid of bugs, but you certainly don’t want them running around your house unabated. With this in mind, we asked shoppers how they went about getting rid of bugs in their home. There may be better ways of getting rid of bugs than a rolled up magazine or a shoe, despite the fact that these two methods were quite popular methods of pest control with our respondents (38% and 45% respectively stated as such).

It turns out that all it takes to keep your house pest-free is (a) to clean it regularly, and (b) take a trip to your local Woolworths. The Fresh Food People have received our Most Satisfied Customers Award – Insect Spray, 2014. Following the award winning brand was Mortein, Pea Beu, Baygon, Raid, and Ant Rid.

Let’s take a look at some of the standout results:

  • Woolworths received five stars for overall customer satisfaction, and value for money.
  • Mortein received five stars for packaging appeal and effectiveness.
  • Pea Beu received five stars for the smell of its products.

Make sure you take a closer look at our full insect spray results in the above table.

How we rated insect spray

Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey 2,500 Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used insect spray in the last six months – in this case, 1,207 Australians.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then alphabetically. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.