Products – FAQ



Question: What animals does Hot Pepper Wax repel?

Answer: Hot Pepper Wax is a registered Animal Repellent effective against rabbits and tree squirrels in your yard and garden. Hot Pepper Wax is safe for use at any time, on fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants.

Question: What about other animals, like deer, dogs or cats?

Answer: Hot Pepper Wax Animal Repellent is recommended for rabbits and tree squirrels only, according to the product label. However, customer testimonials indicate that, in many cases, Hot Pepper Wax effectively repels many mammals, including dogs and cats that are eating your plants. While Hot Pepper Wax has shown short-term effect as a deer repellent, it is not recommended as a long-term repellent. Deer are highly adaptable to changes in their environment. For deer, most practitioners of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) recommend a variety of products, applied on a rotating basis.

Question: I see evidence of some “nibbling” after application. Is that normal?

Answer: You can expect to see some “nibbling”, many animals won’t respond to Hot Pepper Wax until they actually get a mouthful of it. (Don’t worry! Hot Pepper Wax won’t harm them.)

Question: How frequently should I apply Hot Pepper Wax?

Answer: At the height of the growing season, apply Hot Pepper Wax frequently to protect new growth. Apply every two-three weeks during periods of slower growth. Rain has minimal effect on Hot Pepper Wax, so there’s no need to apply after every rainfall. Reapply after periods of extended and heavy rains.

Question: When is the best time of day to apply Hot Pepper Wax?

Answer: Hot Pepper Wax can be used any time. However, avoid spraying during periods of high wind, extreme heat, and humidity, when it’s raining or when rain is in the immediate forecast. It is not recommended to apply any product to drought stressed plants. Water the plants if needed; then apply Hot Pepper Wax.

Question: How much should I use?

Answer: For individual plants and in small gardens, use Hot Pepper Wax ready-to-use formula. Spray enough to coat every plant surface-leaves, stems, buds, flowers and fruit. After spraying, let the plants dry. For larger areas, use our Insect or Animal concentrate – dilution directions are on the label. As with all registered products, please read and follow label instructions.


Question: Which insects do Hot Pepper Wax help control?

Answer: Hot Pepper Wax Insect Spray is especially good at controlling soft-bodied insects that feed on the leaves, flowers, fruit and stems of plants. These include aphids, spider mites, whiteflies, cabbage loopers and beet armyworms. Direct application to smooth bodied larvae has been observed to be harmful to them. Hot Pepper Wax is not intended for use on roots or soil.

Question: How do I apply Hot Pepper Wax?

Answer: For effective insect control, you should try to spray every surface of the plant. Especially important is the underside of leaves, where garden pests typically hide. After spraying your plants, leave them alone for about 12 hours, this gives time for the micro-thin sheet of liquefied wax to “set up” and harden. As it sets up, the wax loses its hazy white color and becomes transparent.

Question: When is the best time of day to apply Hot Pepper Wax?

Answer: Hot Pepper Wax can be applied any time when rain or high wind is not in the immediate forecast.

Question: How frequently should I apply Hot Pepper Wax?

Answer: If needed, spray a second application 3-7 days after the first application. Repeat as needed for 2-3 weeks. Once the infestation is under control, mix one part Hot Pepper Wax concentrate with 64 parts water and apply every 2-3 weeks for maintenance.

Question: How much should I use?

Answer: For individual houseplants and in small gardens, use Hot Pepper Wax ready-to-use formula. Spray enough to coat every plant surface. For larger areas, Hot Pepper Wax concentrate is a more economical choice. At the normal rate for insects, one quart of Hot Pepper Wax concentrate makes 8 gallons of finished spray.

Question: Where can I get Hot Pepper Wax?

Answer: Hot Pepper Wax Insect Spray is available at your local lawn and garden retailer. Just look for the Hot Pepper Wax logo on the bottle. If it is not in your favorite store, ask them to get it for you or check our list of catalogs and online stores by clicking on the blue ‘Dealers’ tab above. You’ll note we list some “actual” stores as well – and we would like to list more. If your store carries our product and is NOT on our list, please help by emailing [email protected] with the store’s name, address and telephone number. (We appreciate customer help so much that we will be happy to send you a FREE bottle of HPW RTU Insect or Animal Repellent as a thank you.)


Question: How do I recognize Phytotoxicity (burning)?

Answer: Phytotoxic results appear as discoloration (usually brown) on one or two leaves. It usually starts at the tip and moves toward the center of the leaf. Leaf spotting occurs occasionally.

Question: How do I prevent Phytotoxicity?

Answer: Dilute the concentrate to the maintenance or half rate of 1:64 and note any changes in leaf color. If none are observed, repeat in 3 to 7 days, if needed. If pests persist and leaves appear normal, the rate can be increased gradually to the maximum label rate. If discoloration occurs, suspend use and return to the lowest rate after plant recovers.

Question: What plants were tested?

Answer: We test specific plant groups that we suspect may be sensitive to Hot Pepper Wax. Test groups include: Herbs, African Violets, Palms, and Bleeding Hearts.

Question: What plants are most sensitive?

Answer: HERBS: Sweet Basil, Parsley, Peppermint
AFRICAN VIOLETS: (Variegated leaf types only)
BLEEDING HEART: Fringed Leaf (D. exemia) only

Question: Are there other precautions?

Answer: Time your applications so that Hot Pepper Wax has an opportunity to dry on the leaves before the plant is exposed to sunlight, growing lights or hot, humid weather. For best results evening applications are better than early morning applications. Avoid spraying fruit trees when in the pink bud stage until after petals fall.

Question: Which Hot Pepper Wax formulation should I buy?

Answer: Purchase the concentrate so you can vary the dilution as needed. Avoid using the RTU form on these sensitive plants as it is diluted at the highest rate.

If you would like a Material Safety Data Sheet or have additional Technical questions, please contact LINDA GROTZINGER
Phone: 724 646-2300
Email: [email protected]