What ever happened to insecticidal crayons?

It was just a few years ago I remember a new pest control invention coming across the TV with a ‘Ronco’ buy it NOW style ad. Much like the sonic pest chasing devices it claimed to work on all sorts of creatures. The ad claimed that it was a safe and effective way to put a barrier (I guess they didn’t want to use the term insecticide) in hard to reach places and the protection would last and last. It showed a lovely hand of a woman ‘drawing’ her pest control barrier around the counter tops, up the sides of the cabinets and behind the dishes and food on her kitchen shelves.

Of course the ad claimed complete safety because there was no liquid splashing from high pressure sprayers and went on to use animation graphics of bugs crossing the barrier and then vanishing. I guess the insect acting guild was on strike so they had to use an artists but I never paid it much mind & I don’t remember if I ever saw the product ever in the stores but now I’m wondering why?

Could it be that this great and wonderful invention was snapped up by DuPont or Bayer to keep people from buying it? You know just like the carburetor that’s sitting on a shelf in Detroit that would have given every car 100 miles per gallon but BIG AUTO bought the thing and hid it from us all these years. I can’t imagine why someone would take this pesticide application tool away. It was such a simple device and looked so much like a crayon our kids use to color, it would store so easily in a drawer and last forever. If it got dull you could just use the sharpener in the side of the Crayola box or a knife from the same drawer just like we do for real crayons. Pest control could now be fun for a change since you could draw a target or R.I.P. with a tombstone on your cutting board or toaster and then just sit back and watch your bugs disappear. I guess we’ll never know but they could have made it in pretty colors so you wouldn’t have to see any residue on your kitchen surfaces and what’s not to like about that? Mom’s could take them to work for the ants on her desk and children could have hours of fun on the sidewalk encircling wandering insects of all sorts. D.O.T. wouldn’t have to worry about placards or spills from those unsafe bug trucks anymore and once and for all we could get rid of that evil pest control sprayer!

As a professional exterminator I’m tired of BIG CHEMICAL calling all the shots. Finally a product comes along and suits so many needs of our industry and they hijack it from us all in the name of profits. If you’re as mad as I am leave your comment below and I’m sure they’ll be reading this fairly soon. (they have spies everywhere) Our voice needs to be heard on this issue and I hope you’re with me.

Speaking of coloring, did you see my new coloring book at my Bug Shop? Nope, no insecticidal crayons come with it but it’s yours free. Simply download it and print as much as you’d like. This book was professionally illustrated by my good friend Natasha Wright and it’s something I’ve wanted for a long time. I tried giving out fly swatters to kids but that didn’t turn out so good. (kids hit each other with them) Natasha did such a wonderful job and the children that I give them to are always very happy to receive it and they light up at the great drawings of bugs and the chance to color them. For the pro’s out there who’ve always wanted something to give the kids on their route that could also be a ‘silent salesman’ to the parents we can put YOUR LOGO on the images. There is a fee for that but not much, you can use the Ask The Bug Doctor tab to send me your logo or just email me at thebugdoctor@pestcemetery.com and I’ll put it in the works.

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.

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  • I also have a coloring book but your’s doesn’t seem to have a price attached. I also remember several years ago a pesticide that was in a tablet form and I was concerned about children getting a hold of it. Some things are better left alone……….

  • I still see the tablets–with the older folks I sometimes worry that they’ll think it’s their medicine & or the kids might think it’s some candy.

    The coloring book has always been an idea of mine for my company, I thought of having personalized M&M’s or candy bars but the idea of food and pest control never appealed to me. I really did do fly swatters, 1000 of them. When I ordered them I got the medium sized ones. They are so small you couldn’t kill a mosquito so I started giving them to kids. Bad idea, 1000 give aways, 500 instant fights. Ugh…

  • Kevin

    Bought SC Johnson Baygon Crayon in the Philippines, Killing Roaches like its going out of style.

  • I knew they were still around– I don’t suppose they’ll make it past the EPA here though…

  • HandsOffMyUterus

    AWESOME. Good for you—wish they still had it here.

  • Noble Highlander

    Hi, we used to have these roach crayons back in the 90’s in Canada. My dad would buy it at the dollar store and just draw on all the baseboards, outside and inside the main door of our apartment and everywhere else he’d just make an X. We never had roaches.

    Fast forward today we live in a different apartment, moreso a condominium that was bought with a downpayment in 2003 and completely paid off by 2016. We never had roaches until about 2012 we started seeing them. Definetly some new tenant brought them in and the whole building is infested. I recently bought some maxforce magnum gel and it’s doing great, better than the store bought spray we used to use ourselves and the gel and spray used by the pest control guys management would bring in.

    Anyways I want to buy some of these roach crayons, theyre extremely effective so I’m wondering if someone could send me a link to some far away country were I could import some in and be done with these shits. Thanks.

    PS: my dad told me about these crayons that he used during my childhood in the old apartment just after I ordered the bait, there is absolutely nothing about these god tier roach killers on the internet except for this article and a PDF file about pesticide crayons, makes ya wonder don’t it?