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Chemical components in insecticides

  1. May 12, 2005 #1
    i read that Synthetic Pyrethroids are referred to as the "New Age Insecticides". Can anyone explain what are the some of the major chemical components of these insecticides?
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  3. May 13, 2005 #2


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    Looks like homework to me...did you try googling ?
  4. May 17, 2005 #3
    well, not really...tetramethrin is a common example of a pyrethroid, and it has been around for quite some time.

    in a nutshell: they are considered "new" because they are more specific to insects (and therefore, in theory, safer). they don't exhibit as much acetylcholine esterase activity until they are metabolized by the insect in a way that mammals cannot.
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