Friday, December 08, 2017 by Janine Acero
Cyfluthrin is a complex organic compound that is used as a broad-spectrum synthetic pyrethroid insecticide used to control cutworms, ants, silverfish, cockroaches, termites, grain beetles, weevils, mosquitoes, fleas, flies, corn earworms, tobacco budworm, codling moth, European corn borer, cabbageworm, loopers, armyworms, boll weevil, alfalfa weevil, Colorado potato beetle, and many others.
Cyfluthrin is available in the form of emulsifiable concentrates, wettable powder, aerosol, granules, liquid, oil-in-water emulsion and ULV oilspray formulations.
Cyfluthrin has the molecular formula of C22H18Cl2FNO3.
As per the online chemistry database PubChem, cyfluthrin is harmful when swallowed and inhaled, and can irritate the eyes through direct contact. Moreover, it may damage certain organs through prolonged or repeated exposure, and is suspected to cause damage to fertility and the unborn child.
Inhalation of the vapors and spray mist of cyfluthrin and other pyrethroids may exacerbate the symptoms of those with chronic respiratory disease.
Likewise, pyrethroids can cause allergic skin reactions such as dermatitis. Persons with pre-existing skin disorders may be more susceptible to the effects of cyfluthrin contact.
Other adverse side effects include:
In severe cases, fluid may build up in the lungs and muscle twitching may develop. Seizures may occur and are more common with more toxic pyrethroids.
In addition, pyrethroids are known to be extremely harmful to fish, invertebrates and insects.
Cyfluthrin affects the skin, eyes, upper respiratory, and gastrointestinal tracts. In addition, cyfluthrin rapidly accumulates in fatty tissues, including the central nervous system. Cyfluthrin also causes reproductive problems.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified cyfluthrin as “Not Likely to be Carcinogenic to Humans.”
Cyfluthrin is the active ingredient in many insecticide products applied to cotton, turf, ornamentals, hops, cereal, corn, deciduous fruit, peanuts, potatoes and other vegetables. Some trade names and synonyms of cyfluthrin include:
Combination products include Baythroid TM (+ methamidophos) and Aztec (+ tebupirimphos).
Handlers, mixers and applicators of cyfluthrin may be exposed to its fumes in the workplace. The following are some protective measures to avoid any contact with cyfluthrin:
Cyfluthrin is a broad-spectrum synthetic pyrethroid insecticide. Pyrethroids are known to be moderately toxic to humans, but extremely harmful to fish, invertebrates and insects.
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