Malathion Insecticide is an insecticide in the chemical family known as organophosphates (OP). Insecticides containing malathion are used outdoors to control a wide variety of insects in agricultural settings and around homes.

Malathion is commonly used in public health for mosquito control and fruit fly eradication programs.

Malathion Insecticide is formulated to protect outdoor plants such as flowers, shrubs, fruits and vegetables from damaging insects.

  • Kills lawn and garden insects as listed
  • Protects flowers, fruits and vegetables  
  • Multi-purpose insecticide

Malathion Insecticides have been registered for use in the United States since 1956. It is used:

  • in the agricultural production of a wide variety of food and feed crops to control many types of insects such as aphids, leafhoppers, and Japanese beetles;
  • in the USDA’s Cotton Boll Weevil Eradication Program and Fruit Fly (Medfly) Control Program;
  • by home gardeners for outdoor residential uses including vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and a variety of ornamentals; and
  • in public health pest control programs for controlling mosquito-borne illnesses.