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Non-Chemical Pest Control Devices

Pest control devices use mechanical or physical methods to trap, destroy, repel, or mitigate a pest. They don’t use any pesticide. For example, glue boards, noisemakers, shiny foils that frighten birds, and bug zappers are pest control devices. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates all devices with a few exceptions. Individual states may have additional laws.

Tools and mechanisms that are not usually regulated by the EPA include:

A regulated device must meet certain requirements.

The EPA evaluates devices to see if they require federal regulation. This process requires a fee. For more information:

M009 PRIA Fee Category
PRIA 4 Fee Determination Decision Tree: Non-FIFRA Regulated Determination: Applicant Initiated, Per Product.

For questions about regulatory requirements for devices, email: OPPDeviceDeterminations@epa.gov. This contact cannot make determinations about whether or not a product is a regulated device.

If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email at npic@ace.orst.edu.

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Last updated January 27, 2020

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