Environment & Energy Report

Mosquito Districts Fear Crackdown in Chlorpyrifos Decision

Oct. 22, 2018, 10:31 AM

Mosquito control districts on the front lines of fighting insect-borne diseases could have a tougher time employing pesticides as tools if the Environmental Protection Agency is forced to ban a widely used insecticide.

Officials at local mosquito districts and their trade association told Bloomberg Environment that ending the use of chlorpyrifos—an insecticide used on fruit trees, corn, vegetables, and other crops—could eventually affect them if regulators clamp down on related insecticides, as well.

Though chlorpyrifos—part of a 1950s-era class of pesticides called organophosphates linked to neurological delays in children—is not typically used to kill adult mosquitoes, its chemical cousins...

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