Key facts about insecticide Permethrin

Sunday, 2/10/2016

What is Permethrin?

Permethrin is an insecticide from the pyrethroid family. They have an effect similar to one of extracts of chrysanthemum flower. Permethrin has a wide range of application. They are used in but not limited to: Crops, Lawns, livestock, certain pets, human structures and clothing.
Physical attributes: Odorless and colorless crystal solid or pale brown liquid, insoluble in water

How does Permethrin work?

Permethrin is a neurotoxin that affects the nervous system of pests leading to muscle spasm, paralysis or death when they come in contact with it or consume it.
It is highly effective on insects, aquatic life rather than on mammals and other warm blooded animals in general. In general it is nearly fatal to creatures that take a long time to break down the chemical composition of Permethrin. Humans do that easily are highly unlikely to be affected by it. However, cats take a long time to break it down and exposure to Permethrin can be fatal for them.

Uses of Permethrin

Permethrin works against a large species of insects and is used for a large variety of crops. Cotton to consumable food crops, this pesticide is used in a large scale.
It is also used to spray on clothing and furniture to safeguard from any insect attacks.
It is used on livestock to get rid of parasites that pose a threat to cattle.
It is also used as a disinfectant of food supplies.
It is used to treat skin diseases like scabies and head lice.
Used as a protection against mosquitoes.
Used as a disinfectant for pets (excluding cats).

What products contain Permethrin?

A large variety of products use Permethrin as their base because it works as an insect repellant and is harmless to humans.
Liquids, Aerosol solutions, sprays, treated clothing, cattle tags, etc. may contain Permethrin.

Can Permethrin have an effect on me?

Generally Permethrin doesn’t have much effect on Humans. Long exposure to Permethrin may result into irritation, tingling or burning in the exposed area. Breathing Permethrin may result into nausea, dizziness, headaches, difficulty in breathing or vomiting. Consuming Permethrin generally results into nothing as the body quickly breaks down the Chemical.

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