How does Mortein work?

Mortein’s pest control products are designed to work with the target pest’s physiology and behaviours to offer the most effective method of killing the creature.

This means the way that Mortein works will vary depending on the pest in question. Mortein PowerGard Ratkill, for example, contains chemicals that draw rats and mice to it – encouraging them to feast on the poisonous cakes. Similarly, the Mortein 2-in-1 Insect Spray is tailored specifically for flying pests such as mosquitoes and cockroaches – delivering effective results every time. All you need to do is find the flying fiends, shake the can and spray in their direction for a 100% kill guarantee (when used according to package instructions).

The Mortein do-it-yourself pest control range

All of Mortein’s products can be used by the regular consumer, simply by following the instructions on the package for both use and storage. Our pest control methods are incredibly effective as well as being easy to implement, making them perfect for most household pest problems.

Take, for example, the Mortein Insta Vapourizer. It is a set-and-forget plug-in product that begins acting in five minutes, knocking down mosquitoes while emitting a pleasant fragrance. To set it up, remove the cap and insert the liquid vaporiser bottle into the specially-designed heating machine. Plug it into an outlet and switch it on, leaving it to work its magic throughout the day.

Whether you are facing a lone cockroach or rat, or have a pest infestation to deal with, Mortein’s products are a powerful do-it-yourself pest control solution. This means – unless your pest problem is really out-of-hand, you will likely be able to handle it yourself without the need to consult an exterminator.

Who owns Mortein?

Mortein is now owned by Reckitt Benckiser (RB), but the Mortein story begins in the 1870s. Created by J. Hagemann, a German immigrant to Australia, Mortein started life as a product consisting of crushed chrysanthemums. In 1909, the product was acquired by F.S. Steer and Thomas Jackson, with plenty more products being developed and Mortein eventually becoming a household name in pest control.

Fast-forward a few decades and Mortein was acquired by Reckitt & Colman in 1969, launching in India in 1993. In December 1999, Reckitt & Coleman merged with the Dutch company Benckiser NV to become the Reckitt Benckiser brand we know today. Want to know more? We cover all about Mortein’s early years and its evolution in our related article.