Cartap is a largely obsolete insecticide. It is highly soluble in water, has a low volatility and tends not to persist in soil systems. There are data gaps regarding its human health effects but is known to be moderately toxic. There are also data gaps regarding its ecotoxicity but is highly toxic to aquatic vertebrates and moderately toxic to fish.
The following alerts are based on the data in the tables below. An absence of an alert does not imply the substance has no implications for human health, biodiversity or the environment but just that we do not have the data to form a judgement.
Ecotoxicity High alert: Fish chronic ecotoxicity: High; Daphnia acute ecotoxicity: High; Daphnia chronic ecotoxicity: High
Warning: Significant data are missing
Human health Moderate alert: Mammals acute toxicity: Moderate
A nereistoxin analogue insecticide used to control chewing and sucking pests usually used as the hydrochloride salt
Example pests controlled
Aphids; Spidermites; Thrips; Whiteflies; Jassids
Soya beans; Peanuts; Sunflowers; Maize; Sugarbeet; Wheat; Pearl barley; Fruit including apples, pears, plums, apricots, cherries, citrus; Vines; Chestnuts; Tea; Cotton; Sugarcane
Efficacy & activity
Cartap was reasonably effective at controlling chewing and sucking insect pests but more effective and less toxic pesticides may now be available.
Introduction & key dates
UK regulatory status
UK COPR regulatory status
Date COPR inclusion expires
UK LERAP status
No UK approval for use
EC Regulation 1107/2009 (repealing 91/414)
EC Regulation 1107/2009 status
Date EC 1107/2009 inclusion expires
EU Candidate for substitution (CfS)
Listed in EU database
Approved for use (✓) under EC 1107/2009 in the following EU Member States
Lewis, K.A., Tzilivakis, J., Warner, D. and Green, A. (2016) An international database for pesticide risk assessments and management. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal, 22(4), 1050-1064. DOI: 10.1080/10807039.2015.1133242