Carbaryl

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Carbaryl (1-naphthol,N-methylcarbamate, CAS number 63-25-2) is a chemical in the carbamate family used chiefly as an insecticide. It is a colorless white crystalline solid.

It is commonly sold under the brand name Sevin, a trademark of Union Carbide. Union Carbide discovered it and introduced it commercially in 1958, and it remains the third-most-utilized insecticide in the United States for home gardens, commercial agriculture, and forestry and rangeland protection.

Its safety is somewhat controversial. It is a cholinesterase inhibitor and can be toxic to humans with excessive exposure, though no known fatalities have been reported. It does not appear to cause cancer. It kills various beneficial insect and crustacean species along with the pests it is intended for, so care must be taken when spraying in areas where such species are present. Carbaryl is acutely toxic to honeybees and can destroy colonies of bees that are foraging in an area where the chemical has been applied.

Oral LD50:

  • 250 mg/kg to 850 mg/kg for rats
  • 100 mg/kg to 650 mg/kg for mice

When ingested by people, it is metabolized rapidly and excreted in the urine.

See also: Dutch standards.

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