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EPA Proposes Registration of Animal Repellents Containing New Active Ingredient

For Release: May 22, 2020

EPA is opening the 15-day comment period on a proposal to register two pesticide products containing sheep fat which is being used as a biochemical active ingredient for the first time. These pesticide products are the manufacturing use product Sheep Fat Technical and the end use product Trico.

As an active ingredient, sheep fat is intended for use as a vertebrate repellent to repel deer, rabbit, moose and elk. It can be used as a foliar spray and perimeter treatment on or around flowers, ornamentals, vineyards, orchards, shrubs, trees, crops, home vegetable plants, and home fruit-bearing trees. 

Data submitted to EPA in support of these new products demonstrated that they degrade rapidly in the environment and have minimal toxicity. EPA routinely receives registration applications, such as this, and evaluates them to determine any risks to human health and the environment.

The proposed decision is included in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2019-0410 at Comments are due on June 6, 2020. EPA encourages input on the proposed decision from all interested parties.