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Para-dichlorobenzene (PDCB)

General Information

  • Fact Sheets: PDCB.pdf, Mothballs.pdf
  • Product Names:
  • Chemical Class: Chlorophenol compound
  • Uses: Targets moths, carpet beetles, lice, and mites, repels snakes, mice, rats, squirrels, and bats. Used in comerical and residential settings indoors only, and in pet bird cages.
  • Alternatives: Least-toxic Moth controls
  • Beyond Pesticides rating: Toxic

Health and Environmental Effects

  • Cancer: Possible (10)
  • Endocrine Disruption: Not documented
  • Reproductive Effects: Not documented
  • Neurotoxicity: Yes (7)
  • Kidney/Liver Damage: Yes (7)
  • Sensitizer/ Irritant: Yes (29)
  • Birth/Developmental Not documented
  • Detected in Groundwater: Not documented
  • Potential Leacher: Not documented
  • Toxic to Birds: Not documented
  • Toxic to Fish/Aquatic Organisms: Not documented
  • Toxic to Bees: Not documented

Additional Information