Warning out on unofficial mosquito repellent vendors

GEPA is urging the community to only use pesticide and repellent products and devices that have both an EPA Registration Number and an EPA Established Number such as the repellent shown in this photo.

As the island faces a shortage of insect repellent in the midst of the island’s dengue fever outbreak, the Guam Environmental Protection Agency urges the community to be alert of unofficial vendors selling unverified mosquito repellent or coils without a business license.

In a release, Guam EPA advises to only use products that have both an EPA registration number as well as an EPA established number.

The agency is also reminding the business community and all residents intending to supply or sell such products that a Notice of Arrival must be filed with the agency prior to their importation to the island in accordance with Guam law.

In line with the agency’s efforts to protect both human health and the environment, GEPA will continue to inspect businesses or residences that advertise the sale of repellent products.

As for the confirmed cases of locally acquired dengue fever, the Department of Public Health and Social Services says that there are, in total, seven high-risk areas on the island.

According to a recent press release, the individuals infected with dengue fever, reside in the villages of Mangilao, Chalan Pago, Yigo, Dededo, Harmon, and Toto.