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Phenothrin
Sumithrin-2D-skeletal.png
IUPAC name
Other names Sumithrin
Phenothrine
Phenoxythrin
Sumitrin
Wellcide
Pibutin
Anvil
Duet
Anchimanaito 20S
Identifiers
CAS number 26002-80-2 Yes check.svgY
PubChem 4767
EC number 247-404-5
MeSH Phenothrin
ATC code P03AC03,QP53AC03
SMILES
Properties
Molecular formula C23H26O3
Molar mass 350.451 g/mol
Melting point

<25 °C

Boiling point

>290 °C

Hazards
R-phrases R36 R38
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
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Phenothrin, also called sumithrin, is a synthetic pyrethroid that kills adult fleas and ticks. It has also been used to kill head lice in humans. d-phenothrin is used as a component of aerosol insecticides for domestic use.

Phenothrin is often used with methoprene, an insect growth regulator that interrupts the insect's biological life cycle by killing the eggs.

In 2005, the EPA required Hartz Mountain Industries to cancel uses of several flea and tick products containing phenothrin that were linked to a range of adverse reactions, including hair loss, salivation, tremors, and numerous deaths in cats and kittens. In the short term, the agreement called for new warning labels on the products.

As of March 31, 2006, the sale and distribution of Hartz's phenothrin-containing flea and tick products for cats has been terminated. However, EPA's product cancellation order did not apply to Hartz flea and tick products for dogs, and Hartz continues to use phenothrin in a concentration of 85.7% in many of its flea and tick products for dogs.[1]

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