How safe are the attractants to use?
NB. When handled properly, the attractants are all safe to use. However, all are potentially toxic and/or inflammable when not used with due precautions.
The following general precautions should be observed when handling the attractants.
Store attractants in a cool, well-ventilated place away from direct sunlight.
Store away from unauthorised users, particularly children.
Store attractants in proper containers that are clearly labelled. Avoid using old food or drink containers, e.g. Coke bottles, that could encourage unauthorised users to drink or eat the contents.
Wear protective overalls, gloves and eye protection when handling the attractants, particularly when using large quantities. These will provide protection against any toxic or corrosive effects. It should also be noted that octenol and the phenols have rather unpleasant and particularly "clinging" odours and you may find your friends avoiding you if your everyday clothes get contaminated.
Never eat, drink or smoke while working with the attractants.
A summary of the main hazards for each of the attractants is on the table on the right.