Bugs can be a pesky problem both in and around the home. Many homeowners choose to spray their home to get rid of the pests, but Walla Walla Environmental has come up with a different solution for the problem with an insecticide paint additive.
In the June issue of Qualified Remodeler, we introduced you to Bug-Juice Insecticide Paint Additive from Walla Walla Environmental. This coatings additive is designed for both interior and exterior applications, and controls insects in and around the home. It mixes easily with water-based and oil-based paint, stains or sealers. It kills several kinds of insects, lasts the life of the coating and is odorless. When the surface is dry, as bugs crawl across it, they absorb the insecticide in the peds, the sticky membrane fibers in their feet, and will begin dying.
“Everyone has bugs in or around their home and I personally don’t like them,” says Cassie Rothstrom, president and CEO of Walla Walla Environmental. “So to reduce the amount of airborne spraying for the consumer, Bug-Juice is a terrific way to cut down on that. When Bug-Juice is used according to the directions, the bug population on the exterior of the home will be significantly reduced if not completely eliminated.”
Roger Corn, who founded family-owned Walla Walla Environmental in 1982, created the first generation of Bug-Juice after being approached by farmers to create something. They had been using a similar method to coat their barns to reduce the fly population, but not in an officially registered application. Since Corn had an interest in creating an official application, he set to work and created the CPF insecticide paint additive, and the protocol Corn wrote on this type of paint additive is still used by the United States EPA today.
Walla Walla Environmental has also gone on to create two more paint and coating additives. These include The Stay Clean IE Mildicide and Flame Guard. The Stay Clean IE Mildicide is for interior and exterior use. It can be added to any paint, stain or sealant on the market, and it prevents mold and mildew growth on the surface. The Flame Guard additive is added to paint and will give a home Class B flame specification rating, but if the amount of additive is doubled in the paint, it will actually make the coating a Class A against fire spread.
Rothstrom does warn against letting paint sit around too long once it is mixed with Bug-Juice. Because the product is pH sensitive and the pH of paint is high, it is recommended that it be put up on the walls within three hours so the paint has time to dry. If it sits around too long, it won’t hurt the coating, but the insecticide will be neutralized.
This additive can also be used in restaurant and pantry settings, but a full application is not recommended. For those situations, it is best used as a cracks and crevices application.
“We’re always trying to stay ahead of the EPA as far as insecticides, and Corn is working on several things in the lab that he’s not talking about yet,” explains Rothstrom on the future of Walla Walla Environmental.