What is Carbaryl?

Carbaryl was introduced commercially in 1958 and is used today chiefly as an active ingredient in pesticide products. The most well known carbamate products are those manufactured under the brand name Sevin, trademark of the Bayer Company. Carbaryl is a white crystal-like solid that is ranked third among the most used pesticides in the US.
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Target Pests

Carbaryl controls over more than 100 different kinds of insects and is appropriate for use in home gardens, commercial agriculture, forestry and land-range protection.  It can be used on cotton, fruit, nuts, shade trees, food crops, ornamentals, and even on poultry, pets, and livestock where necessary.

Mode of Action

Carbaryl and other carbamate products work as reversible inhibitors of the enzyme acetylcholinesterase. What this means in everyday language is that when a pest comes in contact with the chemical through skin absorption or digestion, the carbaryl directly attacks the nervous system, causing death.

Carbaryl Favored for Food Crops

Carbamate insecticides have been somewhat of a breakthrough because they do not persist on food crops in the same way as chlorinated pesticides. Rather, carbaryl residue is detoxified and eliminated quickly in vertebrates while remaining toxic to insects. For this reason carbaryl is a favorite for use on food crops in the United States.


Carbaryl is labled as moderately to very toxic and carries the signal word WARNING on its label. It is capable of killing both target pests and some beneficial insects, like honeybees. As with most pesticide products and chemicals, adverse effects can be caused in human by skin contact, inhalation, or ingestion, so always read the product label thoroughly and make sure you are applying it in the safest way.

Products Containing Carbaryl

Fertilome Liquid Carbaryl (Sevin) Garden Spray
Sevin Concentrate
Sevin Dust 5% - 3 Pack
Sevin Insecticide Granules
Bonide Fruit Tree Spray Concentrate

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