Rotenone is a broad-spectrum insecticide and piscicide that has been used by indigenous people for centuries to control insects. This chemical can be applied as a wettable powder or as a diluted emulsified spray concentrate. It has been used in a variety of fields to control parasitic mites on poultry and is also used in fisheries management. Rotenone it is highly toxic to fish. In fact, rotenone has been used by indigenous peoples of Central and South America to kill unwanted fish and aquatic organisms, some aquatic invertebrates may be killed by rotenone. In the United States, rotenone is a commonly used chemical that is sold under various trade names, including Derris and Cube.
The chemicals that contain rotenone are often used for various uses, such as organic gardening. However, it is not recommended for use on pets because of its toxic effects. It is harmful to dogs, snakes, pigs, in addition, it is found in most tick shampoos and flea dips. The environmental effects of rotenone are minimal and temporary, since it is highly bound to organic matter in soils and is unlikely to cause contamination of groundwater.