Agent Name

Fenthion

CAS Number

55-38-9

Formula

C10-H15-O3-P-S2

Major Category

Pesticides

Synonyms

4-Methylmercapto-3-methylphenyl dimethyl thiophosphate; B 29493; BAY 29493; Bay-Bassa; Baycid; Bayer 29493; Bayer 9007; Bayer S-1752; Baytex; Entex; Fenthion 4E; Fenthion-methyl; Fenthione; Figuron; Lebaycid; MPP; MPP (pesticide); Mercaptophos; O,O-Dimethyl O-(3-methyl-4-(methylthio)phenyl)phosphorothioate; O,O-Dimethyl O-(3-methyl-4-methylmercaptophenyl)phosphorothioate; O,O-Dimethyl O-(3-methyl-4-methylthio-fenyl)-monothiofosfaat [Dutch]; O,O-Dimethyl O-(4-(methylthio)-m-tolyl) phosphorothioate; O,O-Dimethyl O-(4-methylmercapto-3-methylphenyl) thionophosphate; O,O-Dimethyl O-(4-methylthio-3-methylphenyl) phosphorothioate; O,O-Dimethyl O-(4-methylthio-3-methylphenyl) thiophosphate; O,O-Dimethyl O-3-methyl-4-methylthiophenyl phosphorothioate; O,O-Dimethyl O-4-(methylmercapto)-3-methylphenyl phosphorothioate; O,O-Dimethyl-O-(3-methyl-4-methylmercaptophenyl)phosphorothioate; O,O-Dimethyl-O-(3-methyl-4-methylthio-fenyl)-monothiofosfaat [Dutch]; O,O-Dimethyl-O-(3-methyl-4-methylthio-phenyl)-thionophosphat [German]; O,O-Dimethyl-O-(3-methyl-4-methylthiophenyl)-monothiophosphat [German]; O,O-Dimethyl-O-4-(methylmercapto)-3-methylphenyl phosphorothioate; O,O-Dimethyl-O-4-(methylmercapto)-3-methylphenyl thiophosphate; O,O-Dimetil-O-(3-metil-4-metiltio-fenil)-monotiofosfato [Italian]; OMS 2; Phenthion; Pro-Spot; Queletox; S 1752; Spotton; Sulfidophos; Talodex; Thiophosphate de O,O-dimethyle et de O-(3-methyl-4-methylthiophenyle) [French]; Tiguvon; m-Cresol, 4-(methylthio)-, O-ester with O,O-dimethyl phosphorothioate; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Organophosphate Insecticides

Description

Colorless to brown liquid with a slight, garlic-like odor. [insecticide]; [NIOSH]

Sources/Uses

Used to kill fruit flies, stem borers, mosquitoes, and Eurygaster cereal bugs; it is also applied as paste to bird roosting areas to kill pigeons and other bird pests; [EXTOXNET]

Comments

Classified as "moderately toxic"; All bird control products and nondomestic, nongranular formulations of greater than 70% fenthion may be used only by certified applicators; it is not licensed for use on food crops; [EXTOXNET]

Reference Link

EXTOXNET PIP - FENTHION

Exposure Assessment
BEI

Cholinesterase activity in red cells = 70% of individual's baseline, sample time discretionary; [ACGIH]

Skin Designation (ACGIH)

Yes

TLV (ACGIH)

0.05 mg/m3, inhalable fraction and vapor

MAK

0.2 mg/m3, inhalable fraction

Vapor Pressure

3.0E-5 mm Hg

Reference Link

EPA Pesticide Chemical Search

Adverse Effects
Other Poison

Organophosphate

ACGIH Carcinogen

Not Classifiable

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