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Hot Pepper Wax natural insect repellent is a garden/greenhouse spray repellent and insecticide. It is proven effective against aphids, spider mites, whiteflies, cabbage loopers and beet armyworms for up to 2 weeks.
The chief active ingredient, CAPSAICIN, is an extract from cayenne pepper. It's harmless to humans - in fact, it's as edible as the sauce on barbecued Buffalo wings. For years, organic gardeners have experimented with hot-pepper home remedies against every pest, from aphids to squirrels. Hot Pepper Wax bug repellent borrows from the best of their wisdom ... and takes it one step further.
Using a special formula and process (both of which are patented), Hot Pepper Wax natural insect repellent blends capsaicin with a highly refined paraffin wax and other "food-grade" ingredients. The result is a spray that coats plants with a harmless, micro-thin barrier to deter pests. Some insects are done in by capsaicin, others by the wax. Hot Pepper Wax also works as an "anti-transpirant," reducing water loss and resulting stress...a true benefit for new transplants!
Hot Pepper Wax natural insect repellent is perfectly safe for garden produce, too - warm water rinses it completely away! It's available in a ready-to-use (RTU), 22-oz. spray bottle; or in concentrate form for larger applications. Hot Pepper Wax natural insect repellent is patented in the U.S. and Canada. HPW is EPA-registered, as is its production location in Greenville, Pennsylvania.
Hot Pepper Wax natural animal repellent is a safe, effective liquid spray for use on plants. The secret, patented formula stops animals like tree squirrels and rabbits from turning your garden and shrubs into their salad bar. Hot Pepper Wax natural animal repellent contains no chemicals or poisons, and it's biodegradable-it won't harm the animals or your soil!
Hot Pepper Wax natural animal repellent traces its beginning to an outbreak of spider mites in a commercial greenhouse in 1989. An amazed researcher noted that the tiny bugs had damaged all the plants, except for a few fresh cuttings treated with an experimental coating wax. And those plants were untouched!
This discovery led to the science that created Hot Pepper Wax-a biodegradable defense shield that promises a mouthful of fiery heat to any pest that tries to take a bite.
Pretty soon, Hot Pepper Wax customers made a discovery of their own: Hot Pepper Wax is not just a good natural insect repellent, it's a GREAT rabbit and squirrel repellent, too.
Responding to this newfound demand, Hot Pepper Wax began the application and testing process required for EPA registration. Hot Pepper Wax natural animal repellent is now available alongside HPW Insect Repellent.
Hot Pepper Wax's patented formula stays put. Rain won't wash it off, so you don't have to re-apply after every rainfall.
Moisture Guard is the "wax" in Hot Pepper Wax. It's what keeps the repellent in place on your plants, trees, and shrubs, and, because it's an antitranspirant, it helps provide an extra dose of moisture loss protection.
Moisture Guard alone has no insect or animal repellent properties. However, because Moisture Guard contains more wax than Hot Pepper Wax, it may be a better choice for plants, trees, and shrubs under certain circummstances - such as:
Protection from winter desiccation. Evergreen trees and shrubs dry out in the winter because while they still lose water through their leaves (& needles), they have a hard time getting water from frozen soil. So, in addition to watering-in your pines, spruces, rhododendrons and holly in the fall before the ground freezes, apply Moisture Guard to reduce this problem.
Protection for transplants. Studies we did with Hot Pepper Wax at Penn State University unintentionally demonstrated the power of an antitranspirant. While our goal was to show how HPW was a great natural insect and animal repellent, all plants that were treated with our products grew bigger than the untreated plants. The only explanation for this was the antitranspirant effect. In other words, the wax reduced moisture loss from the leaves, until the roots regenerated and were able to supply enough water to the plants. This works for newly planted sod, trees and shrubs, or flowers.
The most popular use for Moisture Guard is during the winter holiday season. If you like "real" wreaths, garlands and trees, and if you like to get them in place early and leave them there long after the actual holiday is over, then Moisture Guard can help extend that "fresh green look" that you love.