Cottonseed Oil Profile
Baker, Brian P.; Grant, Jennifer A.
Cottonseed oil is a common, edible oil found in a wide range of foods. When acting as a pesticide, it is mainly used as an adjuvant or carrier with insecticides. The mode of action for cottonseed oil is considered non-toxic to insects and mites, acting mainly through suffocation. As to human health concerns, some people are allergic. Carcinogenicity studies are equivocal; cottonseed oil may be a co-carcinogen.
NYS IPM Type: Minimum Risk Pesticide
New York State IPM Program
Community IPM; Integrated Pest Management; Minimum Risk Pesticides; vegetable oil; suffocating oil; aphids; whiteflies; organic