Bendiocarb

Bendiocarb

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  • Bendiocarb was withdrawn from use in the United states in 2001 but is still available here in Britain.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.
  • 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.

Which of our products contain bendiocarb?