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Cross-Reference Guide to Names of Common Household Insecticides

Common name                 Trade name(s)                 Chemical name
diazinon                             Diazinon                             0,0-diethyl 0-(2- isoprophy-4-methyl-6- pyrimidinyl) phosphorothioate
malathion                           Malathion                           0,0-dimethyl S-(1,2, Cythion dicabethoxyethyl) phosphorodithionate
propoxur                            Baygon                              2-(1-methyloxy) phenol methylcarbamate
chlorpyrifos                        Dursban                            0,0-diethyl o-(3,5,6-
trichloro-                             Lorsban                             3-pyridyl)-phosphorothioate
piperonyl                            Butocide                            butyl-carbitol (6- butoxide prophylpiperonyl)
ether d-trans-                     Allethrin                             allyl homolog of cinerin I Allethrin or: 2-methyl-4-oxo-3(2- propenyl)-2-cyclopenten-1- yl-2,     
                                                                                       2-dimethyl-3-(2- methyl-1-propenyl)
cyclopropane                     carboxylate
resmethrin                                                                     SBP-1382 dimethyl-3-(2-methyl-1- propenyl)
boric acid - H3BO3
deet                                     Delphene                            N,N,diethyl-3-methylbenzamide Detamide or: N,N,diethyl-meta- toluamide
dimethyl                              DMP                                     dimethyl 1,2 benzene
phthalate                                                                         dicarboxylate

For a complete listing of suggested control options for all home, yard and garden insect pests contact your local Extension Service, found under local government in the phone book.

Read and follow instructions on the pesticide label. Heed all warnings. Check with your physician if you have any concerns regarding your personal health risk.


Tom Ellis, M.S., Department of Entomology.

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