Good for the Planet

Unless you're a hermit who has no access to news and information (in which case you're not reading this anyway), you know the concern about the overuse of chemical pesticides. Because that problem has already received a lot of press, we're not going to belabor it here. Suffice it to say what many have already concluded from research:  chemical pesticides linger in the atmosphere, travel outside the area/plants where they've been used, and have been linked to diseases ranging from asthma to cancer. 

So, the first thing to note is that Hot Pepper Wax has NO CHEMICALS.

What it DOES have is an assortment of ingredients you find in your kitchen: Rosemary, paprika, onion, to name a few, and of course the main ingredients, cayenne peppers and wax. (The wax is a highly-refined paraffin wax, formulated to stay liquid. Think of the paraffin wax used in sealing jellies and jams in jars.)

You can spray Hot Pepper Wax on your veggies  in the morning and harvest and eat them the same day. You can spray HPW in your greenhouse and stay there if you want. That's known as "zero-hour re-entry", which means you don't have to worry about waiting a long interval for spray to dissipate. While we don't recommend that you spray HPW directly on you or your pets, it's not likely to hurt if you do (although the pepper may sting your eyes!)

Another great advantage to both the environment and your garden is that insects CANNOT BUILD RESISTANCE to Hot Pepper Wax. You can spray summer after summer, and Insects will still be deterred. Unfortunately, insects CAN build resistance to chemical insecticides, a fact that has spawned considerable worry about the evolution of "super bugs" that are resistant to chemical pesticides.

That all said... We at Hot Pepper Wax believe strongly in the Integrated Pest Management System, known in the trade by its acronym, "IPM."  Feel free to Google that for a complete explanation, but the short version is:  plan your garden, prepare your soil, water regularly,  study up on the garden pests in your region, learn when doing nothing might be the best non-action,  use "natural" remedies as a first resort, and use chemical pesticides as a last resort, if your vegetable crops are in danger. 

And, if you're a novice gardener, not sure how to start, contact your local extension office or Master Gardener group, who are always willing to help.