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.

Hazards and Safety

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

Additional Information

L. Goldberg, A History Of Pest Control Measures In The Anthropology Collections, National Museum Of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, JAIC (35):23-43, 1996

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • 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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