Methoxychlor is acclimated to assure crops, ornamentals, livestock, and pets adjoin fleas, mosquitoes, cockroaches, and added insects. It was advised to be a backup for DDT, but has back been banned based on its astute toxicity, bioaccumulation, and endocrine disruption activity.
The bulk of methoxychlor in the ambiance changes seasonally due to its use in agriculture and foresting. It does not deliquesce readily in water, so it is alloyed with a petroleum-based aqueous and sprayed, or acclimated as a dust. Sprayed methoxychlor settles on the arena or in amphibian ecosystems, area it can be begin in sediments. Its abasement may yield abounding months. Methoxychlor is ingested and captivated by active organisms, and it accumulates in the aliment chain. Some metabolites may accept exceptionable ancillary effects.
The use of methoxychlor as a pesticide was banned in the United States in 2003 and in the European Union in 2002.