Frequently Asked Questions.
Here are some common questions about our products.
Can BuggSlayer be used around pets and children?
After it dries, you can let children and pets enter the treated area.
Is BuggSlayer dangerous to birds or animals that may eat the dead bugs?
BuggSlayer is quite safe to use and would have negligible effect on birds if they ate the dead bugs. In our experience, however, box elder bugs and Asian lady beetles do not have any natural predators and birds do not eat them (which is why there can be so many). The chance of any problems is almost non-existent.
How long does BuggSlayer last?
BuggSlayer is based on a professional product. Most professional products do not carry exorbitant marketing claims like “Lasts up to 12 months”. Because of outdoor environmental conditions and application rates, methods and sites, it is difficult to put an exact number on this.
All residual claims on insecticides you see in a store are based on indoor use only and cannot be relied upon for outdoor use. Suffice it to say, BuggSlayer will last several times longer than other consumer insecticides.
Will BuggSlayer stain my vinyl siding?
BuggSlayer will not stain your siding. It is water-based, odorless and non-staining where water alone does not stain. It is also one of the rare insecticides actually EPA-registered for use on siding.
What ratio should I mix BuggSlayer Concentrate to control box elder bugs and Asian lady beetles in the fall?
In Fall, these bugs are perimeter pests and you should mix in the ratio of four ounces of BuggSlayer concentrate to one gallon of water.
I sprayed BuggSlayer yesterday directly on the box elder bugs and Asian lady beetles. Today, it is sunny, warm and they are back crawling on my house. What gives?
The bugs you sprayed yesterday are most certainly dead – BuggSlayer will kill these bugs and they will physically stop moving in a few hours. The insects you see today are new ones that either walked or flew in to warm up. If they come in contact with areas you’ve sprayed, they will die. BuggSlayer is not a “repellent” – bugs need to come in contact with it. Patience is required (if you weren’t there, you would not observe the following). Once boxelder bugs or Asian lady beetles walk on dry BuggSlayer, they pick up tiny bits of insecticide on their legs. After awhile, you can see them holding up one leg or two to keep all six from contacting the surface at the same time (like a hot sidewalk). Later, they can no longer keep a hold of the wall and fall to the ground. They will remain there first crawling then maybe slowly spinning and most end up on their backs. They will continue to move their legs and twitch for several hours. The next day there could be hundreds in a pile.
Why does BuggSlayer cost so much?
BuggSlayer Concentrate and Ready to Spray are concentrated formulas. Most consumer insecticides contain 0.02% to 0.05% active ingredient. BuggSlayer is 1.0% active or 20 to 50 times stronger. So a pint of BuggSlayer used at 4 oz per gallon (~0.03%) gives you 4 gallons of usable product for $30.
A gallon of competitor product costs on average $18 per gallon or $72 for 4 gallons. You are paying 2.4 times as much for an inferior product when choosing a competitor insecticide.
Can I use a dial type hose end sprayer or pressure washer to apply BuggSlayer?
BuggSlayer is not formulated for use in pressure washers or dial type hose end sprayer systems. We recommend a pump-up pressurized garden sprayer (Hudson brand) instead. The wand gives a nice fine spray that will provide good coverage without causing run-off.
If you can’t reach your eaves with the wand or you don’t have a pump-up type sprayer, use our specially developed hose-end BuggSlayer insecticide Ready-to-Spray product. It has a two way action (fan-spray or 25-foot jet stream) and gives the proper mix ratio.
What retail stores sell BuggSlayer?
I see your product is toxic to fish and bees. What can I do to help the environment?
Well, bees are insects and BuggSlayer kills almost all insects (6-legs) and arachnids (8-legs) so it will kill bees. You do not want to spray your ornamental flower blossoms or blooming weeds, especially if honeybees are visiting the treatment area. Normally, this is not problem so be conscientious with where you spray.
To keep from harming fish, do not spray it directly onto water like near a boat dock or the weeds adjacent to creeks, rivers and streams. Generally, BuggSlayer applied to your home, foundation, plants or lawns will not wash off into the watershed as it contains a solid active ingredient combined with binding agents that make it stick to where you spray it. We’ve taken great care to formulate BuggSlayer in such a way to make it safe and environmentally friendly. We also try to educate consumers about the hazards of using permethrin hose-end sprayers to indiscriminately spray insecticide all over their yards. A targeted approach with the correct compound is a much more responsible idea..
Where can I find the Bugg Products Safety Data Sheets?
Click here to find Buggins, BuggSpray, BuggSpray for Biting Flies and BuggSlayer Safety Data Sheets.