Gateway on Pesticide Hazards and Safe Pest Management

Back to the Gateway

Bacillus Thuringiensis (Bt)

including israelensis, kurstaki, aizawai, tenebrionis strains

General Information

  • Fact Sheet: bacillus thuringiensis.pdf
  • Product Names:
  • Chemical Class: Microbial insecticide; Soil bacterium
  • Uses: Used to control Coleoptera, Lepidoptera or Diptera insects in field, greenhouse, water-grown crops, ornamentals, nursery, forest, food/nonfood storage, and standing waters.
    Approved uses in Organic Agriculture, Aquaculture, Least-toxic mosquito control.

Health and Environmental Effects

  • Cancer: Not documented
  • Endocrine Disruption: Not documented
  • Reproductive Effects: Not documented
  • Neurotoxicity: Not documented
  • Kidney/Liver Damage: Not documented
  • Sensitizer/ Irritant: Not documented
  • Birth/Developmental Not documented
  • Detected in Groundwater: Not documented
  • Potential Leacher: Not documented
  • Toxic to Birds: Not documented
  • Toxic to Fish/Aquatic Organisms: Not documented
  • Toxic to Bees: Yes: aizawai strain (7)

Additional Information