What animals does Hot Pepper Wax repel?

We developed HPW animal repellent as a deterrent to rabbits and tree squirrels. Over the several decades since we went to market with HPW, customers have called and written  to let us know that HPW works on other "critters" as well: cats munching on indoor plants; bats in park cabins... and deer. LOTS of people contact us about deer, but please be warned: We're happy HPW is working in such a versatile way for people, but we recommend a rotation of products for deer, as they are highly adaptable creatures.

I saw some evidence of "nibbling" after I sprayed my plants with Hot Pepper Wax. Is that normal?

Yes, you can expect some nibbling. Many animals need to get a mouthful of HPW before they realize they don't want any more! (HPW won't harm them - but they will not like the hot taste.)

How about insects? Does Hot Pepper Wax work on ALL insects?

No. (And neither will any other product.) HPW is especially good at controlling soft-bodied insects that feed on leaves, flowers, fruit and stems of plants.  Some customers claim it works on hard-bodied insects, too - like Japanese Beetles. However, while HPW MAY kill those insects when sprayed directly on them, we doubt HPW would effectively act as a repellent for hard-bodied insects.

How do I apply Hot Pepper Wax? 

For effective control, spray every surface of the plant. For insects, it's especially important to spray the underside of leaves where insects typically hide.

Can I spray anytime?

For best results, apply HPW in the evening. You want to give HPW around 12 hours to "set up" and harden. (You might notice a hazy waxy look during that time. Not to worry. HPW becomes transparent as it sets up.) 

Avoid spraying if there's extreme heat, high wind, rain, or if rain is in the immediate forecast.

How often do I need to spray? 

At the height of the growing season, spray HPW frequently (every 3-7 days) to protect new growth, or to get insect infestation under control. During periods of slower growth, apply every two weeks or so. No need to apply after every rainfall; the wax base in HPW helps it last through rain. If you have extended or very heavy rainfall, though, re-spray.

For insects, once you have infestation under control, you can go to a "maintenance" rate of 1:64 (one part HPW concentrate to 64 parts water) and apply every 2 weeks or so.

For animals, you need to stay with the 1:16 rate.

Can I spray Hot Pepper Wax on ANY plant?

There are a few plants that are sensitive to HPW: herbs such as sweet basil, parsley and peppermint; variegated African Violets, and Fringed Leaf Bleeding Heart (D. exemia). If you are in any doubt about a plant, contact HPW at 800-627-6840. 

Do I need to purchase BOTH Hot Pepper Wax animal and insect repellent to protect my garden?

No. They are EXACTLY the same formula. However, the recommended mixing rate is different. In general, if you're using HPW to control both animals and insects, we recommend following the mixing rate for the animal repellent.

Who do I contact if need more information on Hot Pepper Wax?

That's an easy one! Whether you're a weekend gardener, a professional landscaper, or a large-scale grower, HPW's technical manager, Linda Grotzinger, can help you. You can reach Linda at lindag@hotpepperwax.com, or by calling 800-627-6840.