How Zika-fighting pesticides are accelerating the honeybee collapse

Sunday, August 21, 2016
By Paul Martin

by: Jonathan Benson
Sunday, August 21, 2016

As expected, the government is responding to the ongoing Zika threat in typical reactionary form, calling for aerial chemicals to be blasted across our skies in an attempt to carpet-bomb the living daylights out of all mosquitoes. But based on what’s known about these chemicals, many are wondering about the appropriateness of such tactics since they stand to destroy other creatures as well, like the honeybees that we rely on for food.

In a recent write-up for OC Weekly magazine, Mary Carreon explains what Orange County, California, is proposing in this same vein as a solution to the Zika threat, and why it’s a disaster for our vital pollinators. The suburban enclave could soon follow the lead of nearby San Diego and Los Angeles Counties in sending small airplanes stocked with Duet, a type of mosquito insecticide, to blanket neighborhoods with the mosquito-killing poison.

As it turns out, this poison is immensely harmful to both animals and pets, and Carreon warns that it’s essentially toxic to “everything.” Anything that lives, in essence, is negatively affected by Duet, which makes spraying it indiscriminately, as Orange County officials hope to do, a crime against humanity and life itself. And as to how the solution affects bees and pollinators specifically, Orange County Vector Control admits that it “may be toxic upon direct exposure.”

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