What do Goodknight, All Out, Mortein and other Electric Vaporizer Liquids have in common ? They all have the same active ingredient: Transfluthrin 0.88% . Cutting across brands, this chemical is the most preferred active ingredient for Vaporizer Liquids.
In this article, we explore what is it, how it is manufactured and are there any side effects and cure for the same.
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What is it? :
Transfluthrin is a synthetically produced, organic insecticide.
How is it created?
Transfluthrin is obtained by esterification of an acid (dichlorovinyl chrysanthemic acid) and alcohol(2,3,5, 6-tetrafluorobenzyl alcohol)
Mode of Action :
Transfluthrin is a higly volatile organic liquid, which is dissolved in kerosene so that it can be easily vaporized when heated. Butlyated hydroxytoluene is added to the mixture as a stabilizer to prevent the breaking down of Transfluthrin due to oxidization.
The Vaporizer contains a graphite rod in the middle which is heated. The heated rod then vaporizes the surrounding repellant liquid. Fumes of the vaporized liquid fill the air in the room. The fumes penetrate the skin of mosquitoes and cause paralysis, crippling them.
Transluthrin belongs to a category of compounds known as Pyrethroid. Pyrethroids are generally harmless to humans.
However, ingestion of the liquid can cause several side effects and can even be fatal. Side effects include: Burning facial sensation, Itchy face sensation,Tingling face sensation, Paresthesia,Skin irritation, Mucosal irritation, Respiratory tract irritation, Headache, Dizziness, Nausea, Epigastric pain, Vomiting, Anorexia, Fatigue, Twitching muscles, Salivation, Fluid in lungs, Runny nose, Convulsions and other symptoms.
Ingesting the liquid in large quantities can cause death.
In case of suspected poisoning, kindly rush to a hospital and get expert medical health. Also, kindly keep the liquid out of reach of children.