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Piperonyl butoxide (PBO)

General Information

  • Fact Sheet: Piperonyl Butoxide.pdf
  • Product Names:
  • Chemical Class: Pesticide synergist
  • Uses: Preharvest and postharvest uses on crops, direct and indirect treatments of livestock animals and premises, treatments of commercial and industrial facilities and storage areas where raw and processed food/feed commodities are stored or processed, and mosquito abatement areas; targets ants, worms, beetles, mites, flies, gnats, spiders, weevils, caterpillars, grubs, moths, ticks, lice, wasps, aphids, midges, and fish.
  • Alternatives: Organic agriculture, Least-toxic mosquitoe control
  • Beyond Pesticides rating: Toxic

Health and Environmental Effects

  • Cancer: Possible (8)
  • Endocrine Disruption: Yes (36)
  • Reproductive Effects: Yes (6)
  • Neurotoxicity: Yes (6)
  • Kidney/Liver Damage: Yes (7)
  • Sensitizer/ Irritant: Yes (7)
  • Birth/Developmental Not documented
  • Detected in Groundwater: Not documented
  • Potential Leacher: Not documented
  • Toxic to Birds: Not documented
  • Toxic to Fish/Aquatic Organisms: Yes (7)
  • Toxic to Bees: Not documented

Additional Information