Other ingredients are not named on product labels for EPA-registered pesticides. That is because their identity is considered "confidential business information." Until 1997, other ingredients were always called "inert" ingredients, in contrast to "active ingredients." Both terms are found on product labels today.
While many of the chemicals that are used as other ingredients are not known to pose health or environmental risks, some of them can be toxic. In some cases, the other ingredients can pose greater risks than the active ingredient itself. Although the other ingredients are not required on the label, the signal word on the label indicates the toxicity of the formulated product (active and other ingredients combined).
Some facts about other ingredients:
Other ingredients may do a variety of jobs such as increasing shelf-life, attracting the pest, and spreading the product more evenly on surfaces.
Some recognizable other/inert ingredients are kerosene, propane and other petroleum products, wintergreen oil, peanuts, beeswax and salt.
You can search for a substance to see if it can be used in pesticides as an "other" ingredient.
The same chemical might be an active ingredient in one product and an other ingredient in other products.
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