Even though the days are getting less warmer mosquitos are still coming out and carrying dangerous viruses, the government has recently decided to manage this factor with aerial spraying over infected areas with a chemical called naled. Opponents believe that aerial spraying mosquitos is not an effective way to deal with the zika virus because the chemicals in the spray are extremely hazardous.
The chemical naled is used to kill the mosquitos along with other insects, because of how toxic this chemical is there is only a need of small amounts when making a solution to spray. A Reason why this chemical is dangerous even for a worker who is making a solution using naled is listed on this government website “Naled can cause cholinesterase inhibition in humans; that is, it can overstimulate the nervous system causing nausea, dizziness, confusion, and at very high exposures (e.g., accidents or major spills), respiratory paralysis and death.” The risk factor of dying when dealing with this chemical is there.
Spraying of this chemical is not effective because it also kills the bees, bees already being an endangered insect can not have the risk of getting sprayed with naled due to there low population rate already. This aerial spray conducted at night to assure that the least amount of bees are killed during a spraying is extremely not effective since Flowertown Bee Farm and Supply in Summerville, South Carolina “lost 46 beehives — more than 3 million bees — in mere minutes after the spraying began Sunday morning.” This CNN article reveals the horrible facts of what dangerous power naled spray holds when being sprayed over towns and cities to lower the rate of zika virus holding mosquitos.
This spray can also be poisonous to our plants “University of California researchers showed that naled treatment caused brown lesions in celery and bronzing of strawberries.” This spray being used over food that we consume does not do us any good. If it is hurting the fragile plants and food we put it on then how will it not affect our fragile insides of our bodies?
With that being said naled also effects humans, “according to the Florida Department of Health, ‘it could cause a person to salivate more, feel numbness, headaches, dizziness, tremors, nausea, abdominal cramps, sweating, blurred vision, difficulty breathing and a slowed heartbeat.” This information from a News source does not fail to mention the harm and effects it can have on your body even when it is only being lightly misted over the infected area.
Along with all the hazardous issues this way of spraying mosquitos is not effective because “experts argue whether or not spraying campaigns are even effective in diminishing mosquito populations, particularly because the insects can live indoors or in small, enclosed areas where spray wouldn’t necessarily reach.” This excerpt from the same source above states how useless spraying an infected area if the mosquitos are not effected by the chemicals but effect the other insects around. This method of containing the pika virus is not effective because of how dangerous it is.