Bug Juice

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Bug Juice

SKU: F00012

Bug Juice is a paint additive that effectively controls spiders, cockroaches, ants, and flies, making the dry surface unattractive and repelling them from any coated surfaces.

Available at Resene Stores throughout, New Zealand. Contact your local store for more information. 

Bug Juice is available in both 130ML and 260ML volumes.

Directions for use

In all instances read the label before using and follow safety directions. All coatings must be applied to surface within 5 hours after combining Bug-Juice with coating.

Add 13ml of Bug-Juice per litre of coating then mix well. Apply treated coating with brush, roller or speed pad in a well-ventilated area. Ensure area remains ventilated until the coating is dry. NOT to be spray applied. DO NOT use for more than 14 days in a 30-day period.

Indoors: Use on all surfaces except those which directly contact food.

Outdoors: Use on all surfaces. May be used on domestic, commercial, or industrial buildings, fences, pet kennels, drains, sewers, manholes, etc. DO NOT apply to furniture, swing sets, or other outdoor playground equipment.

Frequently asked questions

How is Bug Juice used?

Bug Juice is added to any water-based paint, mixed in, then applied normally to the intended surface with a brush, roller, or speed pad in a well-ventilated area. NOT to be spray applied. It then gives that surface insect protection, especially from crawling insects.

Where can I purchase Bug Juice?

Bug juice is sold at Resene ColorShop and some Guthrie Bowron stores.

Is it dangerous?

The product is no more hazardous than other common chemicals found around the home. While the concentrate has some hazards, we do recommend that safety instructions are always followed to ensure the highest possible safety measures while using Bug-Juice.

What is paraesthesia?

Paraesthesia is an effect that may be exhibited upon skin exposure to high levels of some synthetic pyrethroids during application. It manifests as a numbing sensation on sensitive skin areas (eg face or earlobes) and typically lasts for up to 24 hours. Symptoms may be be relieved by Vitmain E based creams. Paraesthesia is not indicated with any other chronic or ongoing health effects.


Technical Information

Bug Juice will last for at least 2 years, and should last the lifetime of the coating, when properly applied and depending on the environment. It is highly active against spiders, cockroaches, ants, and flies, making it the ideal choice for general pet control. Treated surfaces are safe for people to touch once the surface is dry.

It is available in the following pack sizes and configurations:

  • 260mL pack with included measuring cylinder
  • 130mL pack with included measuring cylinder

Bug Juice contains Deltamethrin as the active ingredient. Deltamethrin belongs to a synthetic pyrethroid family of chemicals which are active against all insects and spiders.

This family of chemicals works by causing the insects nerve cells to fire continuously, causing overstimulation, and eventually killing the insect. Common signs are insects with jerking and rapid movements, such as what happens when fly spray is used on a fly. Products like fly sprays also contain synthetic pyrethroid, just a different pyrethroid to the one used in Bug Juice. Fly spray pyrethroids are typically non-residual, meaning they don’t last long, whereas Deltamethrin is very residual and should provide insect control for at least 2 years if not the lifetime of the coating, depending on the environment.

All insects’ speed of metabolism is directly related to the ambient temperature. This means that at higher temperatures their metabolism works faster which can allow them to detoxify higher levels of insecticide active ingredients. The outcome of this is that during hot summer days insects like flies may seem to survive landing on a treated ceiling where the air temperature is highest. But as the temperature cools overnight, any fly landing on a treated surface should succumb to the insecticide and be dead by morning. While this effect can occur with all insects it is especially noticeable in flying insects because they can get away from the insecticide immediately, unlike crawling insects who need to crawl off the surface during which they will likely pick up a larger dose.

Bug Juice Safety Data Sheet