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Dimethoate

General Information

  • Product Names:
  • Chemical Class: Organophosphate insecticide
  • Uses: Alfalfa, asparagus, beans , broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, cherries, Christmas tree farms, conifer seed farms, cotton, endive, field corn, grass grown for seed, herbaceous ornamentals in commercial nurseries or greenhouses, grapefruit, leaf lettuce (except head lettuce), lemons, lentils, kale, melons, mustard greens, oranges, pears, peas, pecans, peppers, popcorn, potatoes, safflower, sorghum, soybeans, Swiss chard, tangerines, tangelos, tomatoes, turnips, watermelons, wheat, cottonwood grown for pulp, and woody ornamentals in commercial nurseries or greenhouses.
  • Alternatives: Organic agriculture, Organic christmas trees
  • Beyond Pesticides rating: Toxic

Health and Environmental Effects

  • Cancer: Possible (10)
  • Endocrine Disruption: Suspected (PAN)
  • Reproductive Effects: Yes (33)
  • Neurotoxicity: Yes (4)
  • Kidney/Liver Damage: Yes (14)
  • Sensitizer/ Irritant: Yes (8)
  • Birth/Developmental Yes (14)
  • Detected in Groundwater: Possible (33)
  • Potential Leacher: Yes (4)
  • Toxic to Birds: Yes (4, 8)
  • Toxic to Fish/Aquatic Organisms: Yes (4, 8)
  • Toxic to Bees: Yes (4, 8)

Additional Information