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Debbie Jones 10-16-2012 08:54 PM

malathionn smell
 
What does malathion smell like after being sprayed on wood for termites?

joecaption 10-16-2012 10:28 PM

I thought that stuff had been outlawed years ago.
It stinks to high heaven.
Why are you asking?
http://www.chem-tox.com/malathion/research/

There's a bunch of far safer chemicals that can be used.

user1007 10-17-2012 07:13 AM

Without "Scratch n Sniff" capabilities it would be hard to describe what malathion smells like. I can only describe it as having had a very "insectiside" chemical smell to it. If you are referring to a distant past application I doubt you are presently still smelling it.

PAbugman 10-17-2012 07:16 AM

Malathion, while low in toxicity is high in odor due to itsí sulfur compounds. I never heard of it being used professionally for termites. I think itís still available for outdoor tree/shrub use like bagworms, japanese beettles, etc. but there are other insecticdes that are more user friendly for that. Itís an old chemical that probably isnít needed anymore.

chrisn 10-17-2012 05:55 PM

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Originally Posted by PAbugman (Post 1032457)
Malathion, while low in toxicity is high in odor due to itsí sulfur compounds. I never heard of it being used professionally for termites. I think itís still available for outdoor tree/shrub use like bagworms, japanese beettles, etc. but there are other insecticdes that are more user friendly for that. Itís an old chemical that probably isnít needed anymore.


When I was in the tree business, we used tons of the stuff, it did smell, but it also worked well. I also thought it got replaced for the most part.


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