Dowfume G

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[Dow Chemical] A brand name for a Fumigant. Used from about 1962 to 1967, Dowfume G was a mixture of ethylene dichloride, ethylene dibromide, and carbon tetrachloride. The liquid mixture was placed in open cups inside storage rooms. It is no longer used because of its toxicity.


  • Toxic by ingestion, inhalation and skin absorption.
  • Human carcinogen.
  • Ethylene dichloride is flammable and vapors are explosive.

Resources and Citations

  • L. Goldberg, A History Of Pest Control Measures In The Anthropology Collections, National Museum Of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, JAIC (35):23-43, 1996
  • Lynda A. Zycherman, J.Richard Schrock, A Guide to Museum Pest Control, FAIC and Association of Systematics Collections, Washington DC, 1988

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