Firing off a barrage of deadly mosquito-killing pesticides will soon be the norm in the U.S., but a Florida resort is taking matters into its own hands.
Firing off deadly pesticide spraying is an increasingly common tactic among many large American tourist attractions.
The resorts use of the insecticide is called the ‘death of the mosquitoes,’ and it is a widely accepted and safe strategy.
In recent years, it has been widely used to kill the hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes that feed on humans in Florida, New York, and other major U. S. states.
However, many critics of the practice claim it is no longer safe to use.
In February, Florida State University researcher Dr. Andrew P. Kossack conducted a study in which he found that pesticide spraying at several tourist attractions in Florida was causing more than 200,000 mosquito deaths every year.
Kossack was able to demonstrate the increase by monitoring the number of deaths among a sample of more than 500 people who had been using the pesticide for four years.
The average person who has been using it for the last four years died at least once every four days.
A majority of deaths are attributed to the pesticide.
In one case, the person who had used the pesticide to kill more than 10,000 mosquitoes for four consecutive years was able, after four months, to die from malaria.
“There are no new vaccines or treatments,” Kossak said.
“It is a matter of time before the pesticide is completely banned in Florida.”
The Florida Department of Health and Environmental Control is now investigating how the death of the Florida tourist attraction is being caused.
“We are reviewing whether this is an intentional or unintentional pesticide poisoning,” a spokesperson for the department told The Associated Press.
The Department of Environmental Protection has already banned the pesticide from the state.
The agency is reviewing the results of the Kossacks study to determine if it has any further findings.
The Kossackers study showed that a single visit to one of Florida’s tourist attractions increased the number that died.
Kosinski, a retired engineer, has been researching the death rate of mosquitoes for more than a decade.
He said he believes the deaths are caused by the pesticides.
“If you can’t control mosquitoes, how do you control human beings?”
“This is a case where you have to stop doing what you’re doing.
It’s time to stop killing them.”