Bacillus thuringiensis (or Bt) is a soil-dwelling bacterium, commonly used as a biological pesticide. They form a crystal protein (also known as a cry protein) that is toxic to certain insect species, including beetles, flies, mosquitoes, moths and butterflies.

Bt are generally considered harmless to animals and plants, and therefore an environmentally preferred pesticide treatment. Scientists have developed methods to genetically engineer the cry protein produced by the bacteria to create pesticidal crops that produce the toxin.

Health Effects of Bacillus Thuringiensis

Bacillus thuringiensis are considered harmless to mammals, but they may sometimes produce diarhea-inducing toxins normally associated with a similar bacterium, Bacillus cereus.

Removing Bacteria From Drinking Water

Epic Water Filters has designed and tested a series of water filter products to remove bacteria from water. This type filtration method is referred to as size exclusion. That is, the pores in the water filter walls are simply too small for the bacteria to fit through, but water is still allowed to pass by. These pores are so microscopic, they’re invisible to the naked eye.

Epic Water Filters Bacteria Removing Products:
Epic Smart Shield: 99.99% Removal
Epic Nano Water Filter Pitcher: 99.999% Removal
Epic Universal Fridge/Water Cooler Filter: >99.999% Removal
Epic Nalgene OG Ultimate Travel Bottle: 99.999% Removal
Epic Nalgene Woodsman Water Bottle: 99.999% Removal
Epic Outdoor Adventure Water Bottle Filter: 99.999% Removal