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Dacthal (DCPA)

General Information

  • Product Names:
  • Chemical Class: Phthalate pre-emergent herbicide
  • Uses: Control of Broadleaf weeds and annual grasses in terrestrial food crops, alfalfa, turf, ornamentals, and trees in agriculture and residential
  • Alternatives: Organic agriculture, Organic lawn care
  • Beyond Pesticides rating: Toxic

Health and Environmental Effects

  • Cancer: Possible (10)
  • Endocrine Disruption: Not documented
  • Reproductive Effects: Not documented
  • Neurotoxicity: Not documented
  • Kidney/Liver Damage: Yes (6)
  • Sensitizer/ Irritant: Yes (18)
  • Birth/Developmental Not documented
  • Detected in Groundwater: Yes (37)
  • Potential Leacher: Yes (8)
  • Toxic to Birds: Not documented
  • Toxic to Fish/Aquatic Organisms: Yes (8)
  • Toxic to Bees: Yes (19)

Additional Information