What is bendiocarb?
Bendiocarb belongs to a class of insecticide known as carbamates.
Bendiocarb was withdrawn from use in the United states in 2001 but is still available here in Britain. That may soon change.
What is bendiocarb used for?
In pest control bendiocarbs are used to control a wide range of insects such as beetles, spiders, aphids, mites, wasps, cockroaches and ants.
Bendiocarb may be licenced for both indoor and outdoor use.
Products containing bendiocarb are usually formulated as dusts and powders so are mainly targeted at crawling insects.
How does bendiocarb work?
Bendiocarb disrupts the normal functioning of an insect's nervous system and may kill by either contact or ingestion.
Bendiocarb disrupts the nervous system by interfering with an enzyme necessary for normal nerve transmission.
How toxic is bendiocarb?
Bendiocarb-containing products are low to moderate in toxicity. The pure chemical is highly toxic. The formulated products are typically lower in toxicity because of the reduced concentration of
Bendiocarb is moderately to highly toxic to both male and female rats. Bendiocarb is highly toxic to
guinea pigs and rabbits.
When researchers applied bendiocarb to the skin of rats, they found it to be moderately toxic.
What effect does bendiocarb have on wildlife?
Pure bendiocarb is highly toxic to birds such as ducks and quail.
Bendiocarb is highly toxic to honey bees.
Bendiocarb is also extremely toxic to earthworms, reducing a population over 90% in one study in which bendiocarb was applied at a standard rate.
Bendiocarb is also moderately to highly toxic to several species of fish and aquatic invertebrates such as shrimp, crabs, and insects.
Signs of toxicity in humans.
Early symptoms associated with bendiocarb exposure may include headache, malaise, muscle weakness, nausea, gastrointestinal cramps, sweating, and restlessness.
Greater exposures to bendiocarb may lead to pin-point pupils, tearing, excessive salivation, nasal discharge, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle twitching, and problems with coordination.
Severe poisonings can result in convulsions, coma, and death.
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