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Cypermethrin

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 behaviour.

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.

Which of our products contain Cypermethrin?

  • SX Cyperbug
  • SX Ant Gel
  • Insecto Superbug Destroyer
  • Protector C

Read more: Insecticides