Miami-dade county, located in South Florida and occupied by the city of Miami, has released information on the insecticides they are spraying communities as an effort to “fight” Zika. Keep in mind, we’ve already established, via the Miami Herald, that mosquitoes which are capable of carrying Zika are likely resistant to the insecticide.
The CDC is now having Dibrom Concentrate sprayed on communities. According to their own press release this afternoon, it would appear this will persist each night for an infinite amount of time.
MIAMI (August 04, 2016) —ADVERTISEMENT
The Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management’s (DSWM) Mosquito Control uses Naled (Dibrom concentrate) for aerial spraying against mosquitoes. Naled is an insecticide registered for use in the U.S. and in Florida by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS). As required by the EPA, DSWM uses Naled in accordance with label instructions, and it is only applied by a licensed professional.
DSWM has safely used Naled for mosquito control for many years. It is applied via ultra‐low volume (ULV) spray. ULV sprayers put out very fine droplets that are small enough to stay airborne. The actual amount of insecticide sprayed is very miniscule—roughly one ounce, or two tablespoons, for an area about the size of a football field. According to both the EPA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when used in such small amounts, Naled does not pose a health risk to people or pets in the area to be sprayed. Nevertheless, residents and visitors who may have a health concern should remain indoors during aerial spraying missions.
Naled works by killing mosquitoes on contact. The insecticide breaks down quickly and does not leave any residue behind. According to the EPA, the breakdown products formed after mosquito control spraying should not cause health problems in people.
DSWM conducts aerial spraying operations at times of the day when mosquitoes are active but other, beneficial insects are not. Nonetheless, as a precaution, beekeepers are advised to keep their bees covered when aerial spraying missions are announced.
I’m not thinking this stuff only kills bees….
Helicopter Application Pesticide Dibrom
Contains Carcinogenic Chemical
SOURCE: Japanese Journal of Cancer Research, 82:157-164, February, 1991
Dichlorvos is an organophosphate pesticide that sometimes goes by the name DDVP. It’s chemical name is dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphoric acid ester. Concerns regarding the use of the pesticide Dibrom (naled) in Brevard’s mosquito helicopter spray program are warranted as Dichlorvos is found as an ingredient in their primary mosquito control pesticide Dibrom.
Researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina studied the effects of the pesticide Dichlorvos on several types of laboratory animals. Dichlorvos was administered beginning at levels far below that needed to kill 50% of the animals (called LD-50). Levels administered ranged from 4 to 40 mg/kg (milligrams per kilogram) body weight. The study itself was carried out for 103 weeks.
While there were no changes seen in test animals exposed to the pesticide when compared to animals not exposed to the pesticide (controls) regarding body weights and survival rates, there were other serious health effects observed. The researchers did find significantly higher cancer rates affecting the pancreas – forestomach – as well as mononuclear cell leukemia in male rats.
Increased cancer rates or Zika? In this case, the “cure” is actually worse than the “cause.” Communities are literally being poisoned to death to prevent an illness which isn’t even confirmed to hurt pregnant women. The CDC even admits it is correlation, nothing more. Studies done on pesticides are well more defined than just “correlation.”
— Miami Today (@TodayMiami) August 4, 2016