Considered among the most toxic pesticides, Carbofuran is primarily used for the control of insects in the farmlands, mites in dogs and cats, and nematodes in animals. Sold under the trade names Furadan and Curater, Carbofuran is an odorless cholinesterase inhibitor manufactured and used as an insecticide, a nematocide, and an acaricide.
Carbofuran is a systematic insecticide used to control insects invading field crops including corn and potatoes. The plants absorb the chemical Carbofuran through their roots and distribute it throughout the different organs. The chemical is a popular choice as a pesticide for soybean aphids. It is also used in various crops because of its effectiveness in eliminating pests and potential invasions of harmful insects.
The chemical can get into your drinking water since it is used to control pests near bodies of water. The common cause of Carbofuran in your drinking water is the leaching of the chemical on field crops. The odorless substance can get into your drinking water and may present health effects upon exposure to the contaminant.
Humans exposed to the contaminant in their drinking water may experience vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, weakness, lassitude, sweating, blurred vision, hypersalivation, and hypertension. If you’ve detected the presence of Carbofuran or any other chemical in your tap water, you must stop drinking the water to avoid its adverse health effects.
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|Chemical Names:||Carbofuran; Furadan; 1563-66-2; Curaterr; Yaltox; Chinufur|
|Molecular Weight:||221.256 g/mol|
|Substance Registry:||FDA UNII|
|Safety Summary:||Laboratory Chemical Safety Summary (LCSS)|
Carbofuran is a cholinesterase inhibitor that is used as a systemic insecticide, an acaricide, and nematocide. (From Merck Index, 11th ed)