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Malathion is an insecticide in the chemical family known as organophosphates. Products containing malathion are used outdoors to control a wide variety of insects in agricultural settings and around people's homes. Malathion has also been used in public health mosquito control and fruit fly eradication programs.
Malathion is a colorless to pale yellow-colored liquid at room temperature with a characteristic odor and a relative density of 1.23g/ml at 20oC. It has a freezing point of less than 220oC and starts to decompose at 174oC. With a low vapor pressure (4.5-10 4 Pa at 25oC) and relatively high aqueous solubility (148.2mg )