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Pyrethroids are a group of man-made pesticides similar to the natural pesticide pyrethrum, which is produced by chrysanthemum flowers. Although more than 1,000 pyrethroids have been made, only a few are used in the United States. These include permethrin (Biomist), resmethrin (Scourge) and sumithrin (Anvil). Pyrethroids are found in many commercial products used to control insects, including household insecticides, pet sprays and shampoos. Some pyrethroids also are used as lice treatments applied directly to the head and as mosquito repellents that can be applied to clothes.
Bug killing sprays are generally made from chemicals called pyrethroids; these man-made pesticides are also found in other commercial products like pet sprays and pet shampoos. Common pyrethroids found in bug killing sprays include sumithrin, resmethrin and permethrin.
Pyrethroids are not botanical insecticides; they are synthetic compounds that are more toxic and more long-lasting than pyrethrins, some persisting for up to ten days or more. The question of their toxicity is unfortunately complicated because many different pyrethroids have been formulated: for example, resmethrin has very low mammalian toxicity; cypermethrin is moderately toxic and long lasting; and permethrin can range from low to moderate toxicity depending on which solvent is used as a carrier, and it is very long lasting and highly toxic to fish. Permethrin is marketed as Ambush, Ectiban and Pounce etc. 59ce067264