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Posted by obrionusa (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 22, 08 at 7:57

A horticulturist told me some time back that malathion is the safest insectide on the market. Has anyone else heard this or have any information about it?

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RE: safe pesticide

Safety is relative; nothing is absolutely safe. Malathion is a level III which carrys the caution label.As a comaparison Rotenone is a level I (DANGER label) in liquid concentrates, but level three in dusts. Toxity to humans is higher than Malathion ( LD 50 of 300 mg per kilogram of body weight. Malathion takes in excess of 1000 mg per kilogram of body weight. For comparisons use the link

Here is a link that might be useful: Extoxnet

RE: safe pesticide

  • Posted by ppod 6 SE NY (My Page) on
    Wed, Sep 24, 08 at 21:43

If you google "Malathion," you'll find the answers you're looking for. Below is a consolidation of medical research from various independent researchers (as opposed to the Chemical-industry's own research, which may be biased in favor of the substance being scutinized). You'll find these chapters:

•Wildlife Photos - Photos of animals killed, organs damaged & mutations from malathion
•Human Deaths from Malathion - 5 die and 2,800 poisoned after spraying in Pakistan
•Intestinal Disorders in Children - Take Note! this research does show significant public health problems after aerial spraying
•Intestinal Disorders in Test Animals - more evidence supporting intestinal defects in children from malathion
•Leukemia - Child leukemias develop after homes sprayed
•Kidney Damage- Physician finds kidney damage after patient sprays home
•Human Birth Defect - suspected from exposure to malathion lice shampoo
•Brain Damage - for unknown reasons malathion causes far more damage in older brains
•Chromosome Defects - found in human blood cells
•Gene Loss - malathion is able to literally "knock-off" genes from our DNA molecule
•Review of Malathion Genetic Studies - technically oriented - recommended for health professionals
•Health Disorders found in Second Generation Offspring - evidence for harmful effects appearing in future generations
•Lung Damage - unusual effect from malathion ingredient - not found in other pesticides
•Birth Defects - occurs in hens after malathion feeding
•Impurities in Malathion - highly toxic compounds increase during storage due to time and heat
•Immune System Weakening - thereby increasing risk of bacteria or viral infections (2 studies)
•Sunlight Makes Toxic - malathion reacts with ultraviolet light to become more toxic
•Impurities Weaken Detoxification - impurities found to weaken ability of liver to detoxify
•Breakdown of Malathion - time periods for malathion breakdown in soil - forming of malaoxon
•Fish Heart Defects - heart defects appear in exposed fish
•Fish Gill Damage - low levels of malathion cause deterioration of Blue Fish gills
•Turtle Birth Defects - turtles unusually sensitive to birth defects
•Frog/Tadpole Mutations - evidence of genetic damage
•Shrimp Effects - malathion at low levels affects a shrimp's ability to locate food
•Lizard Organ Damage - small lizards suffer internal organ damage
•Unknown Risks of Malathion - Surprising information about what we do not know
•Alternatives to Malathion for Medfly Control - The best alternative to malathion to date (for Medfly control only) is called "SUREDYE." This highly researched product is a food grade red dye which kills the medfly after ingestion and reacting with sunlight. The advantages are it does its job without poisoning beneficial insects, wildlife, the environment or people!
•Alternatives to Malathion for Mosquito Control - Research shows that the natural pesticide "pyrethrum" has characteristics which make it especially effective for eliminating biting mosquitoes without harming the environment or public health. Visit this company's web site which is producing a viable alternative..

Here is a link that might be useful: Malathion Medical Research

RE: safe pesticide

  • Posted by ppod 6 SE NY (My Page) on
    Sat, Oct 18, 08 at 16:03

"A horticulturist told me some time back that malathion is the safest insectide on the market. Has anyone else heard this or have any information about it?"

Obrionusa, did you find the information you were seeking, and did you come to any conclusions?

Just wondered.....

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