The officials of southern Michigan have been warning that the pesticides which target a deadly virus which is mosquito borne might lead to the killing of other insects including the species which are rare and beneficial.
The spraying which is being done to stop the rise of the EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis disease threatens species such as bumblebees which are essential for pollinations along with the endangered species like the Mitchell’s satyr butterfly. The officials of Michigan have called the butterfly as one of the rarest of the world and can only be found in Michigan and Indiana.
The authorities have been able to spray over 541,000 acres in the recent few weeks as a result of a rise in the disease alarmingly. The disease can cause the inflammation of human brain and has killed a minimum of four people in this state.
The department officials have confirmed that the insects which are living in the area are endangered by the spraying of the areas and this also include satyr butterfly. The Silphium borer moth is threatened in the state along with the Persiusduskywing butterfly.
The department of Natural Resources has issued a threat to the state and issued an endangered species permit due to the concerns on human health and safety.
It has been said by the CDC which is the centre for disease control that usually there are 5-10 cases of the disease every year however there have been nine which have been reported in the southwestern part of Michigan alone.
A lot of the bee species are already suffering a decline in the population in the state. These honeybees pollinate and increase the fields of crop which contributes an amount of $24 billion every year to the agriculture in the United States.