Q: Is Buggslayer safe for use around pets and children?
A: Yes. After it dries, you can let children and pets come into the treated area. Read more HERE.
Q: What about birds or animals that may eat the dead bugs?
A: 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.
Q: How long does Buggslayer last?
A: Buggslayer is based on a professional product, most of which do not carry exorbitant marketing claims like "Lasts up to 12 months". THEY JUST WORK and pest control operators rely on them for their reputation. Because of outdoor environmental conditions and application rates, methods and sites, it is difficult to put a 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. See this CHART.
Watch this video showing 8-month residual killing power for our hose-end sprayer package.
Q: Will Buggslayer stain my vinyl siding?
A: No. 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.
Q: Why does Buggslayer cost so much?
A: It is CONCENTRATED. 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 their stuff costs $18, or $72 for 4 gallons - 2.4 times as much for an inferior product.
Q: What ratio should I mix Buggslayer to control box elder bugs and Asian lady beetles in the fall?
A: In Sept/Oct, these bugs are 'perimeter pests' and you should mix Buggslayer at 4 oz per gallon of water.
Q: Can I use a hose end sprayer to apply Buggslayer?
A: 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 sprayer, use our new hose-end BuggSlayer Insecticide Ready-to-spray. It has a two way action (fan-spray or 25-foot jet stream) and gives the proper mix ratio.
Q: Where do I find Buggslayer in a store?
A: We are adding stores all the time and it sells very fast in the fall. If they are out of stock, tell them to ORDER MORE! You can ask your local store to order from us or you can always order online.
Q: I sprayed Buggslayer yesterday directly on the boxelder bugs and Asian lady beetles. Today, it is sunny, warm and they are back crawling on my house. What gives?
A: 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.
Now, if there are so many and you just can't stand it, go ahead and spray the bugs directly. Just spray the group of congregating bugs and they'll be dead in a few hours. Some may even fly or walk away but they are done for. You DON'T need to treat the whole area again and this protection will last until winter.
Q: Can I use the concentrated Buggslayer indoors?
A: Buggslayer is EPA-registered for outdoor use only and is a true outdoor product. Entomologists (bug experts) and health professionals do not recommend trying to kill box elder bugs and Asian lady beetles once they get indoors (just vacuum them up). Using an indoor insecticide may kill some of these bugs but they will end up trapped or dying in areas where you can't clean them up (inside your walls, under your floorboards, in the attic or in the open spaces of your cinderblock basement walls). Their dead bodies will lead to odors, filth and can cause allergies. The answer is to control these bugs OUTDOORS before they get in your house.
Our Buggslayer Insecticide RTU and our Bed Bug Killer can be used indoors. Just follow the directions on the label booklet.
Q: I see your product is toxic to fish and bees. What can I do to help the environment?
A: 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, etc., 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.