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Phorate

General Information

  • Product Names:
  • Chemical Class: Organophosphorus
  • Uses: Control Mexican bean beetle, corn rootworm, mites, European cornborers, wireworms, white grubs, corn leaf aphids, seedcorn beetles, leaf miners, thrips, black cutworms, leafhoppers, white flies, nematodes, southern corn rootworm, flea beetle larvae, psyllids, Colorado potato beetle, lygus, chinchbug nymphs, Bank’s grass mites, seedcorn maggots, sugar beet root maggot, sugar beet leafhopper, grasshoppers and Hessian fly.
  • Alternatives: Organic agriculture
  • Beyond Pesticides rating: Toxic

Health and Environmental Effects

  • Cancer: Not documented
  • Endocrine Disruption: Not documented
  • Reproductive Effects: Not documented
  • Neurotoxicity: Yes (4)
  • Kidney/Liver Damage: Not documented
  • Sensitizer/ Irritant: Yes (8)
  • Birth/Developmental Not documented
  • Detected in Groundwater: Yes (8)
  • Potential Leacher: Yes (8)
  • Toxic to Birds: Yes (8)
  • Toxic to Fish/Aquatic Organisms: Yes (8)
  • Toxic to Bees: Yes (8)

Additional Information