Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - With some counties using larvicide to kill off mosquitoes due to the threat of the EEE and West Nile viruses, one NewsChannel 9 viewer wants to know if larvicide is harmful to other insects and animals.
According to the Onondaga County Health Department, the larvicide it sprinkles in ponds and other small bodies of water is meant to kill mosquitoes only.
They say it will not affect honeybees or bugs or other living creatures in and around the water. The department also says that the larvicide eventually decays and is not strong enough to penetrate into the ground to contaminate the areas supply of drinking water.
The Health Department says home larvicides that can be bought for standing water are considered to be less potent and will not kill anything but mosquitoes. If you have a question for the Your Stories team, call (315) 446-9900 or email YourStories@9WSYR.com.