Consultation on octenol and its associated end-use products, Proposed Re-evaluation Decision PRVD2023-05

Health Canada is consulting Canadians on the proposal to continue registration of products containing octenol for sale and use in Canada, with proposed label updates.

Octenol is a naturally occurring volatile alcohol, produced and released by many species of plants, animals and mushrooms. Octenol is registered as a mosquito attractant for outdoor use only in devices which trap and kill mosquitoes. The domestic end-use products contain octenol in a cartridge which is placed in outdoor insect traps (in other words, devices) to attract mosquitoes. These traps are placed in areas to lure mosquitoes away from where people congregate.

Octenol has a non-toxic mode of action and has value in providing a pest management solution. Based on the current use pattern of octenol, occupational and dietary exposure to octenol is not anticipated. The potential residential, bystander, and environmental risks are considered to be acceptable when products containing octenol are used according to proposed label amendments as per current labelling standards.

For a full list of products containing octenol, please consult Appendix I in the Proposed Re-evaluation Decision or visit the Pesticide Label Search database.

For more information on the proposed decision open the "Proposed Re-evaluation Decision".

How to get involved

This consultation is open for comment from 5 December 2023 to 4 March 2024 (90 calendar days).

To comment on PRVD2023-05:

Step 1

Request the full consultation document to read the Science Evaluation that is the basis of this proposed regulatory decision.

Step 2

Submit comments to the PMRA Publications Section.

All comments received will be considered. A final re-evaluation decision will consider additional scientific information provided during the public comment period.

Please refer to the document title Proposed Re-evaluation Decision PRVD2023-05, Octenol and Its Associated End-use Products when providing comments.

Reporting to Canadians

Health Canada will make the results of this consultation available on this website. Once the decision is finalized, the PMRA will post a Re-evaluation Decision on the Pesticides and Pest Management Reports and Publications portion of

If you have any questions, contact the Pest Management Information Service.

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