Protecting Endangered Species

The US-EPA is issuing draft reports for public comment on the effects of pesticides on endangered species. Three organophosphate insecticides, chlorpyrifos, malathion and diazinon are the first pesticides studied. The potential for effects on endangered species from these pesticides is high, because of use as mosquito adulticides. Thus, there may be some trade offs between endangered species protections and efforts to protect the public from mosquito vectored diseases.

Good mosquito control typically targets larval populations as the first line of defense. If done properly, adulticides can be avoided, thus avoiding potential conflict. If these chemicals are used as adulticides, more consideration of effects on non-target species and new rules to minimize those effects are likely next steps.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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