Fruit Trees Metaldehyde 10%GR Molluscicide Products CAS 108-62-3
Metaldehyde is a molluscicide used to attract and kill slugs and snails (1, 4). It is used in a variety
of vegetable and ornamental crops in the field or greenhouse, on fruit trees, small-fruit plants, or in
avocado or citrus orchards, berry plants and banana plants. It is applied to the soil around plants (7).
Care should be taken not to contaminate edible parts of the plant (1). It is used in the form of granules, sprays and dusts, or mixed with bran as a bait (8). It works primarily in the stomach by producing toxic effects after it is ingested by the pest (7). Metaldehyde is available in pelleted baits (14).
Product name: Metaldehyde 10%GR
Pesticide category: Molluscacide
EINECS No.: 203-600-2
Appearance (TC):White crystal
Appearance (10%GR): red granular
Brand name:Greenriver/ as per customers request.
Metaldehyde is very effective to mollusc like snail and slug etc. It can also be used in
artificial rainfall, manufacture of firework, industry, agriculture and horticulture.
2,4,6,8-tetramethyl-1,3,5,7-tetraoxacyclooctane; acetaldehyde tetramer (but see Composition)
Mol. wt. 176.2 (tetramer)
M.f. C8H16O4 (tetramer); (C2H4O)x (homopolymer)
Form Crystalline powder.
M.p. 246 ºC (sealed tube)
B.p. Sublimes at 112-115ºC (atmospheric pressure), with partial depolymerisation
V.p. 6.6 103 mPa(25 °C)
S.g./density 1.27 (20 °C)
Solubility In water 222 mg /l (20 °C). In toluene 530, methanol 1730 (both in mg /l, 20 °C).
Stability Depolymerises and sublimes above 112 °C. F.p. 50-55 °C (Abel-Pensky closed cup)
Mode of Action:
Molluscicide with contact and stomach action. Metaldehyde-poisoned slugs secrete large quantities of slime, desiccate and die. Their mucus cells are irreversibly destroyed.