National Pesticide Information Center



Paradichlorobenzene is a chlorinated aromatic hydrocarbon. It is a fumigant insecticide and repellent. Paradichlorobenzene turns directly from a solid into a gas, a process called sublimation. The target organisms are molds, mildews, and insects, but paradichlorobenzene can also be toxic to people and other animals. Most pesticide products containing paradichlorobenzene in the U.S. are used to control clothes moths in airtight containers.

General Questions about Paradichlorobenzene

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Fact Sheet

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If you have questions about paradichlorobenzene, 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 10, 2012