Letter: Chemicals kill more than mosquitoes

Laurie Frisch

Will massive quantities of bug spraying by municipalities like Hiawatha have an effect on other life-forms, on gardens that people eat out of and on humans?

The articles I’ve read say it will only kill night-flying insects and some pond life. Meanwhile, other insects will fill the gap. I’ve been photographing insects the last two years so I know what insects should be there.

Out at Wickiup on May 29, I found some ants and bumblebees but not much else. In my yard in Cedar Rapids on May 30, I found a few non-winged insects in the process of dying, presumably many are already dead. Normally there are moths sleeping under my porch light — last year I even found Luna moths. If you don’t like these insects, consider this — the roaches, bedbugs and wood borer beetles may become more resistant than ever. Won’t such large quantities of spray ultimately cause human health problems? If our enemies sprayed us with chemicals like this we’d be horrified.

Laurie Frisch

Cedar Rapids

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