Sep 17, 2016

Outcry Erupts Over Miami Beach’s Pesticide Spraying to Curb Zika

Miami-Dade County, FL
USA
by
Lizette Alvarez
,
The New York Times
Demonstrators and Miami-Dade County residents during a protest in Miami Beach on Friday against the spraying of the pesticide naled. Photo: Max Reed for The New York Times
Demonstrators and Miami-Dade County residents during a protest in Miami Beach on Friday against the spraying of the pesticide naled. Photo: Max Reed for The New York Times

As Miami Beach works to blunt the spread of Zika — a virus that is taking a toll on tourism here — the city is wrestling with a separate predicament: a fast-growing outcry over the aerial spraying of naled, the pesticide used to kill adult mosquitoes.

Concerned residents and environmental protesters are coalescing around the issue of early morning naled spraying — a last-ditch approach to curb the Zika-carrying mosquitoes here — and raising concerns about its safety and efficacy. Activists are collecting accounts from residents who say the pesticide has caused rashes, headaches and nausea. It is also killing bees and some koi fish in ponds, they added