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What is cypermethrin?

  • Cypermethrin is a pyrethroid insecticide. It was first synthesized in 1974.
  • Cypermethrin is a synthetic chemical similar to the pyrethrins in pyrethrum extract (which comes from the chrysanthemum plant).
  • Pyrethroids, including cypermethrin were designed to be effective longer than pyrethrins.

  • What is cypermethrin used for?

  • Cypermethrin is used for the control of insects and is usually formulated as a spray.

  • How does cypermethrin work?

  • Cypermethrin works by quickly affecting the insect's central nervous system.

  • How toxic is cypermethrin?

  • Cockroach brain cells exposed to very small doses of cypermethrin exhibited a nervous system response, which would result in restlessness, incoordination, prostration, and paralysis.
  • Mice exposed to small doses of cypermethrin displayed symptoms including writhing, convulsions, and salivation.
  • Rats exposed to cypermethrin exhibited similar symptoms including tremors, seizures, writhing, and
  • salivation as well as burrowing behavior.

  • What effect does cypermethrin have on wildlife?

  • Cypermethrin is highly toxic to fish.
  • Cypermethrin is highly toxic to bees.
  • Cypermethrin is very highly toxic to water insects.
  • Cypermethrin is very low in toxicity to birds.

  • Signs of toxicity in humans.

  • People handling or working with pyrethrins and pyrethroids (including cypermethrin) sometimes developed tingling, burning, dizziness and itching.


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