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Acephate is an organophosphate insecticide. Pesticides in this chemical family work by blocking an enzyme in the nervous system that acts as a stop switch for a nerve signal. If the enzyme is blocked, the nervous system can't work properly and eventually it fails. Acephate is used on agricultural crops, as a seed treatment, for commercial and institutional pest control and also has limited outdoor residential uses.

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If you have questions about acephate, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email at npic@ace.orst.edu.

Last updated October 16, 2012

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