Malathion is a nonsystemic, wide-spectrum organophosphate insecticide.
Malathion is a nonsystemic, wide-spectrum organophosphate insecticide. It was one of the earliest organophosphate insecticides developed. Malathion is suited for the control of sucking and chewing insects on fruits and vegetables, and is also used to control mosquitoes, flies, household insects, animal parasites (ectoparasites), and head and body lice. Malathion may also be found in formulations with many other pesticides. Malathion has been effectively used for mosquito control around the world for more than 60 years. As an organophosphate, it is in a different class of chemistry as opposed to all pyrethroid-class insecticides.
|Clear Amber liquid|
|Specific Gravity||1. 32 at 25 oC|
||5.3 mPa (30°C)|
|Acidity||0.20% Max as H2SO4|
|IUPAC Name||diethyl (diethoxythiophosphorylthio) succinate|