Major transport mechanisms of pyrethroids in residential settings and effects of mitigation measures

Environ Toxicol Chem. 2014 Jan;33(1):52-60. doi: 10.1002/etc.2411.


The major pathways for transport of pyrethroids were determined in runoff studies conducted at a full-scale test facility in central California, USA. The 6 replicate house lots were typical of front lawns and house fronts of California residential developments and consisted of stucco walls, garage doors, driveways, and residential lawn irrigation sprinkler systems. Each of the 6 lots also included a rainfall simulator to generate artificial rainfall events. Different pyrethroids were applied to 5 surfaces—driveway, garage door and adjacent walls, lawn, lawn perimeter (grass near the house walls), and house walls above grass. The volume of runoff water from each house lot was measured, sampled, and analyzed to determine the amount of pyrethroid mass lost from each surface. Applications to 3 of the house lots were made using the application practices typically used prior to recent label changes, and applications were made to the other 3 house lots according to the revised application procedures. Results from the house lots using the historic application procedures showed that losses of the compounds applied to the driveway and garage door (including the adjacent walls) were 99.75% of total measured runoff losses. The greatest losses were associated with significant rainfall events rather than lawn irrigation events. However, runoff losses were 40 times less using the revised application procedures recently specified on pyrethroid labels.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • California
  • Construction Materials
  • Housing
  • Insecticides / analysis*
  • Poaceae
  • Pyrethrins / analysis*
  • Rain
  • Soil
  • Water Movements*
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical / analysis*
  • Water Pollution / prevention & control


  • Insecticides
  • Pyrethrins
  • Soil
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical