Mortein, developed in Australia, has been the leading brand of household insecticide in Australian homes for more than 100 years.
A true Aussie success story, Mortein dates back to the 1870s when J. Hagemann, a German immigrant to Australia, became fed up with our menagerie of insects. He used crushed chrysanthemum flowers to produce a pyrethrum extract and created an insecticidal powder.
Innovation has always been part of Mortein’s DNA. The powder was originally sprinkled about as needed and in the 1920s a squeeze puffer was developed. In 1928, Hagemann introduced a liquid version. He combined this with kerosene and had a pump pack designed (the traditional ‘flit gun’), which allowed the insecticide to be sprayed into the air or onto the pests themselves.