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Bug Juice insect control paint additive

Bug Juice™ kills crawling and flying insects on contact with treated surfaces

What is Bug Juice™?
Bug Juice is a remarkable insecticide paint additive designed to eliminate crawling and flying insects on most painted surfaces.

Bug Juice insect control paint additive

Where can Bug Juice™ be applied?
Bug Juice can be applied on most most painted surfaces, including kitchens and pantries.

Does Bug Juice™ repel bugs?
No, Bug Juice does NOT repel insects. It is a contact pesticide and it begins to work after an insect makes contact with the treated surface.

How long does Bug Juice™ last?
Bug Juice will last up to 4 years depending on where it is applied..

What type of coating can Bug Juice™ be mixed with?
Bug Juice can be added to any oil or latex ( water) based paint, stain or sealant.

Will it affect the appearance of the finish?
Bug Juice will not affect the colour or drying time of the coating it is mixed with. Plus, Bug Juice is completely odourless!

What maintenance is involved?
It is recommended that you clean the treated surface with water twice a year. This provides a clean surface for insects to land on.

Frequently asked questions

How do I use Bug Juice™?
Simply mix Bug Juice into the paint or stain at the recommended level and stir then apply the coating as you would normally.

What insects does Bug Juice™ kill?
Cockroaches, ants, mosquitoes,flies, spiders, silverfish, weevils and many other crawling and flying insects.

How does Bug Juice™ work?
As an insect lands or crawls on a treated surface the feet of the insect absorb the active ingredient. (Through a sticky membrane that allows insects to cling to walls etc)

How long will it take to kill insects?
Most insects will die within 24 hours of contact with the treated surface.

Will Bug Juice™ affect pets?
No, Bug Juice will not harm pets or birds.

Is Bug Juice™ safe?
Yes, when the treated surface is dry Bug Juice has toxicity rating similar to an aspirin and a ph of 6. (Saliva has the same rating)

Does the active ingredient seep out of the painted surface?
No, the active ingredient is only released when an insect makes contact with the treated surface and will not affect humans.

Do I need to apply Bug Juice™ in the primer or first coat as well as the top coat?
No, use Bug Juice only in the top coat.

Are there any paints I can’t mix Bug Juice™ with?
The only paints you can’t mix Bug Juice with are Epoxy based paints. (Normally used in industrial applications)

Will Bug Juice™ prevent insect nesting?
Yes, unlike insect repellents Bug Juice kills the insects so they cannot nest and reproduce.

Once I have mixed Bug Juice™ with the coating how long should I take to use the coating?
It is recommended that the mixture is used within 5 hours of mixing with the coating otherwise the insecticide will lose its effectiveness.

Can I use all methods of application when using Bug Juice™ treated coatings?
You can use brushes and rollers but it is not recommended to use Bug Juice with spray equipment.

Is there anywhere I shouldn’t use Bug Juice™?
Do not apply to Formica® or plastic or other similar surfaces.

Is this product harmful to bees?
Generally bees don't tend to alight on painted surfaces much or for too long because they're foraging for pollen. Bug Juice is designed to focus on insects that tend to walk across or sit on painted surfaces, such as ants and spiders. It isn’t generally a product you would use on beehives, although some beekeepers have problems with ants invading their hives so coating the base of the hive could be an option to target ants provided that bees won’t come in contact with the treated surface. If bees alight for long enough on a surface treated with Bug Juice then it will affect them as it would other insects.

Top ways to use Bug Juice™…

  1. Ceilings - Help reduce fly spotting with Bug Juice.
  2. Cornices - Rid your cornices of spider webs with Bug Juice.
  3. Walls - Stop ants invading your home with Bug Juice.
  4. Skirting boards - Stop insects getting on your walls and ceilings with Bug Juice.
  5. Floors and entry points - Bugs won’t like being inside after meeting Bug Juice.

Suggested uses

Why use Bug Juice?

Insect Control studies

Over two decades ago (1982), Walla Walla Environmental registered the first ever insecticide paint additive. This paint additive, CPF (USEPA #47332-1) was a Chloropyrifos-based insecticide. Then in 1988, the second generation insecticide paint additive was registered. This Diazinon based insecticide, which was registered under the name CPF 2D (USEPA 47332-4) stayed on the market through 2000. These organophosphate-based insecticides were used for this type of application for nearly two decades. However, in 2000 the USEPA removed Diazinon as an insecticide paint additive.

Realising the direction the USEPA was heading, Walla Walla Environmental began studies in 1988 for a new replacement insecticide paint additive that also included an interior application.

This culminated in the registration of Bug-Juice Insecticide Paint Additive (USEPA 47332-11), which is a synthetic pyrethroid. This new product offered the consumer what they were looking for - an insecticide paint additive that can be used on most painted surfaces. The following is a brief summation of studies used to ascertain the efficacy of this insecticide when formulated with latex paints after application. Each study protocol called for one control and five replicates. One replicate used 15 nymphs, all others had a minimum of 10 participants in each replicated and the control. All standards were untreated paints, and all except one used paint treated at the rate of .05% active ingredient.

Please note: if you cannot view the right hand side of the table below, scroll to the right

Insect Type Participants (24 Hours) With Insecticide (24-48 Hours)
(American and German)
361 participants 100% mortality
(Leafcutting, Imported Fire, Southern Fire and P)
1636 participants 100% mortality
(Compsus Auricephalus and Epicaerus Mexicanus)
132 participants 100% mortality
Mosquitoes 61 participants 100% mortality
Silverfish 120 participants 100% mortality

RESULTS: 100% mortality after 24-48-hours. The treated surfaces should provide excellent vector control.

Source: Walla Walla Environmental Inc.

View the Bug Juice SDS (you will need Acrobat Reader).

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