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Revised June 1996


Trade and Other Names: Trade names include Brodan, Detmol UA, Dowco 179, Dursban, Empire, Eradex, Lorsban, Paqeant, Piridane, Scout, and Stipend.

Regulatory Status: The EPA has established a 24-hour reentry interval for crop areas treated with emulsifiable concentrate or wettable powder formulations of chlorpyrifos unless workers wear protective clothing. Chlorpyrifos is toxicity class II - moderately toxic. Products containing chlorpyrifos bear the Signal Word WARNING or CAUTION, depending on the toxicity of the formulation. It is classified as a General Use Pesticide (GUP).

Chemical Class: organophosphate

Introduction: Chlorpyrifos is a broad-spectrum organophosphate insecticide. While originally used primarily to kill mosquitoes, it is no longer registered for this use. Chlorpyrifos is effective in controlling cutworms, corn rootworms, cockroaches, grubs, flea beetles, flies, termites, fire ants, and lice. It is used as an insecticide on grain, cotton, field, fruit, nut and vegetable crops, and well as on lawns and ornamental plants. It is also registered for direct use on sheep and turkeys, for horse site treatment, dog kennels, domestic dwellings, farm buildings, storage bins, and commercial establishments. Chlorpyrifos acts on pests primarily as a contact poison, with some action as a stomach poison. It is available as granules, wettable powder, dustable powder and emulsifiable concentrate.

Formulation: It is available as granules, wettable powder, dustable powder, and emulsifiable concentrate.

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References for the information in this PIP can be found in Reference List Number 5

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