Pesticide Program Update: Nootkatone Now Registered by EPA


I posted on Nootkatone before:  Videos within.

This New York tTmes article explains more:

  • Nootkatone is an oil found in cedar trees and grapefruit.
  • It’s considered safe and is used in food and perfume.
  • The EPA registration only applies to Nootkatone – not forthcoming products which will each need to be tested and registered.
  • The chemical repels mosquitoes, ticks, bedbugs, fleas and may be effective against lice, sandflies, midges, and other pests.
  • An ISU insect toxicologist found it to be an “impressive repellent but a weak insecticide.” It can kill insects but takes a vast amount of product making it impractical.
  • Nootkatone repels ticks better than synthetics and is their equal at repelling mosquitoes.
  • Unlike other natural products, it does not lose its potency after an hour but lasts as long as synthetics.


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