Nootkatone-Pest Control (R&D)

This ingredient is found in minute quantities in grapefruit skin and could be the next big thing in pest control (mosquitoes, ticks, etc.), and is scalable through our production platform.

Use against biting and nuisance pests

Nootkatone is a citrus ingredient that is characteristically associated with grapefruit that has the potential to become an effective repellent against a range of insect pests including ticks, bed bugs and mosquitoes.

For example, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has demonstrated that nootkatone is a highly effective agent against the ticks that transmit Lyme disease.

However, prior to initiating sales of insect control products that utilize nootkatone as an active ingredient, it is necessary to obtain regulatory approval from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and similar governing bodies in other countries.

Progress in recent years

Evolva is focused on the USA for its first commercial launch, preparing the regulatory dossier to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for nootkatone’s approval as an ingredient for pest control. We anticipate receiving the EPA’s decision in the second half of 2018. We are also working on regulatory approval of nootkatone in a number of other geographies.

In September 2017, Evolva announced that it finalized negotiations for a contract with the US government. The key objective of this contract is to advance the development of safe, effective, and sustainably sourced next-generation products that can provide a new form of protection against select mosquito-borne diseases like Zika. This CDC-funded contract is worth $8.35 million to Evolva and will run for 18 months. This project has been funded in whole with Federal funds from the CDC, and managed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), under Contract No. HHSO100201700015C.

Looking for a visual explanation of nootkatone? Find above our short animated video on nootkatone.

Nootkatone-Pest Control Contact

Kim Greenbaum

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