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Revised June 1996


Trade and Other Names: Aldicarb is also called aldicarbe. Trade names include Temik, ENT 27093, OMS 771, and UC 21149.

Regulatory Status: Aldicarb is a Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) in the U.S. RUPs may be purchased and used only by certified applicators. Aldicarb is rated toxicity class I - highly toxic. Products containing aldicarb bear the signal word DANGER-POISON on the label.

Chemical Class: carbamate

Introduction: Aldicarb, a member of the carbamate class of chemicals, is an extremely toxic systemic insecticide. Used to control mites, nematodes, and aphids, it is applied directly to the soil. It is used widely on cotton, peanut, and soybean crops. In the mid-1980s, there were highly publicized incidents in which misapplication of aldicarb contaminated cucumbers and watermelons and led to adverse effects in people. In 1990, the manufacturer of Temik (aldicarb), announced a voluntary halt on its sale for use on potatoes because of concerns about groundwater contamination.

Formulation: It is formulated as a granular mix (10 to 15% active ingredient) because of its toxicity. It is not compatible with alkaline materials and is noncorrosive to metals and plastics.

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Basic Manufacturer:

Rhone-Poulenc Ag. Co.
P.O. Box 12014
2 T.W. Alexander Park, NC 27709


References for the information in this PIP can be found in Reference List Number 3

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