Invented amid necessity
In early January 1989, an organic chemist with a thriving business selling organic plant nutrients out of Western Pennsylvania received a call from an Ohio pepper grower. The farmer had been fighting spider mites in his greenhouses since Thanksgiving using chemical insecticides. The chemical killed, but in a matter of a few days a new generation would emerge, more resistant to the chemical than the last. Production had dropped from several hundred pounds of peppers a week to less than a hundred.
This call triggered the research and testing that led to the development of Hot Pepper Wax, a chemical-free insect and animal repellent that is wax-based and uses cayenne pepper as its primary ingredient. Because the pesticide business is heavily regulated, it would take five years before the HPW could be sold as a product.
Hot Pepper Wax, Inc. holds patents in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. HPW is EPA registered, as is its production plant in the Greenville-Reynolds Industrial Park in Greenville, Pennsylvania. The product is registerd for sale in 49 states (Colorado pending) in both ready-to-use and concentrate forms.
Hot Pepper Wax Insect Repellent is effective against aphids, whiteflies, lace bugs, cabbage loopers and beet armyworms. Hot Pepper Wax Animal Repellent is effective against tree squirrels and rabbits.
Our aim is to reduce pests naturally, to make your garden, shrubs, trees, vegetables, houseplants and ornamentals healthy and beautiful.