Pesticides Used to Combat EEE Could Harm Endangered Species

Officials in Michigan are warning the pesticide used to try and kill mosquitos carrying the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus could also kill other important or rare species.

The spraying could kill pollinators, like bumblebees, that are essential for Michigan’s agriculture.

Bee populations are estimated to contribute $24 billion to the state’s economy.

The endangered Mitchell’s satyr butterfly could also be harmed.

The Michigan DNR says it is one of the rarest butterflies in the world and can only be found in Indiana and Michigan.

More than 500,000 acres have been sprayed to try and stop the spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

It is a virus transmitted by mosquitoes and has killed four people in Michigan.

The DNR also says the endangered insects the Silphium borer moth and Persius duskywing butterfly were in the areas sprayed.