Abate (temephos) is an insecticide effective against the larvae of certain aquatic insects.
Abate (temephos) is an organic phosphate insecticide effective against the larvae of certain aquatic insects. Because of its relative safety to mammals and birds, it has been widely used for control of mosquito larvae since 1965. In many parts of the world Abate has been approved for use in drinking water supplies for the control of mosquitoes and dracunculiasis (guinea worm disease). Temephos, the active ingredient found in Abate is less toxic to humans than vinegar, salt or aspirin. Abate is not labeled for use in areas which contain fish. Abate biodegrades rapidly and normally persists in the environment for only a few days.