TOXICITY EVALUATION AND RISK ASSESSMENT OF BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL CONTROLS OF INVASIVE SPECIES
OEHHA provides scientific support to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) invasive species program. In order to control invasive species in California, CDFA uses many measures including application of biological control (e.g., insect growth hormones and pheromones) and chemical control (e.g., pesticides) in affected areas. To obtain more information on the invasive species program visit CDFA.
- OEHHA evaluates toxicity, human exposure, and potential health risk of these measures considered or used by CDFA.
- OEHHA communicates its evaluations to local residents and public health officials through direct contact, attending public information workshops and meetings, distributing fact sheets, and posting information on its webpage.
Examples of invasive species treated by CDFA:
- Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP)
- European Grapevine Moth (EGVM)
- Gypsy Moth
- Japanese Beetle
- Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM)
- Oriental Fruit Fly
- Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
OEHHA published human health risk assessments, reports, and fact sheets on pesticides used in CDFA invasive species programs. These documents are organized by document type, product name (active ingredient in parentheses), and date published and can be found and accessed under “Documents” below. For more information, contact OEHHA at Pesticides@oehha.ca.gov or at 510-622-3170 or visit CDFA.
Health Questions and Answers
Questions and answers about the insecticidal product acelepryn (chlorantraniliprole) in English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese.
Questions and answers about the insecticide Dibrom® (Naled)
Questions and answers about the insecticide Sevin® SL in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Questions and answers about the insecticide Merit® (Imidacloprid). English, Simplified Chinese and Spanish language versions available.
Questions and answers about the biological insecticide Isomate® EGVM (Pheromone)
Questions and answers about the insecticide Methyl Eugenol in Insect Bait Traps
Questions and answers about the biological insecticide Entrust® (Spinosad)