Friday, May 6, 2011

Bees are killed as a result of mosquito control!

I checked out my local Mosquito Control program recently, in order to opt out of spraying, and they had a detailed GIS map showing spray times, wind velocity, etc and all kinds of information!  Check your local site out!  Mine was at my local consolidated government site.

Why you may ask?

Well, first, check out the link I've placed below from Medical Dicsovery News, then read the area I've higlighted for the MSDS for the chemical that's used to erradicate mosquitos...

(it says: "This product is extremely toxic to fish and aquatic invertebrates
and highly toxic to bees.")

Yes, it's killing our bees.
One of the last things we need to be doing here...
I've made a bee ring in their honor!




Life Without Mosquitos |

With summer gone, I miss the longer days, but I don't miss the mosquitoes! Because here in Galveston, Texas, they are a nuisance!
Did you know there are at least thirty-five hundred species of mosquitoes on the planet? Even though just a couple hundred species actually bother us, they pose a major health threat by transmitting diseases such as yellow fever, West Nile encephalitis, and malaria.
Malaria alone kills nearly one million people every year. That's about one person a second! Come to think of it - we'd be better off if mosquitoes were wiped from the planet.
Whoa Norbert! Hate them, yeah, but consider the consequences! Mosquitoes have evolved over millions of years to fill their niche in the ecosystem. Eradicating them could harm other organisms and the environment.
For example, mosquitoes pollinate certain plants. They're also a food source for many birds, fish, bats, and even other insects.
Maybe so Dave, but evidence suggests mosquitoes do not compose a large part of many organisms' diets, so those animals would just find other insects to eat. That's actually not the case in places like northern Canada and Russia, where mosquitoes form huge swarms in the spring. They may be essential to the survival of arctic creatures recuperating from the long winters.
I guess the point is, this is a complex issue. Consider that mosquitoes transmit diseases to birds. If we eliminate mosquitoes, could some bird populations balloon uncontrolled by disease while other bird populations shrink from lack of food?
The effect is a change in the population distribution of their predators as well as their prey… thereby possibly affecting humans.
But could the ecological impact be so great as to actually change our quality of life? There's just no way to be sure. It just shows you how connected we all are, even to a tiny mosquito.
:: Medical Discovery News ::


Below: the MSDS for the local truck mosquito spray:

Material Safety Data Sheet
MSDS Number: 1704
PERMANONE 30-30
MSDS Version 1.0
Page 1 of 8
SECTION 1. CHEMICAL PRODUCT AND COMPANY INFORMATION
Product Name
PERMANONE 30-30
Chemical Name
Synonym
MSDS Number
1704
Chemical Family
Mixture
Chemical Formulation
Mixture
EPA Registration No.
432-1235
Canadian Registrat. No.
Aventis
95 Chestnut Ridge Road
Montvale, NJ 07645
USA
For Product Use Information: (800)331-2867 Monday through Friday
8:00AM-4:30PM
For Medical Emergency contact DART: (800) 334-7577 24 Hours/Day
For Transportation Emergency CHEMTREC: (800) 424-9300 24 Hours/Day
Product Use Description
Low Volume
(U.L.V.) nonthermal aerosol (Cold Fog) to control adult mosquitoes, biting and
non-biting midges and blackflies in residential and recreational areas.
Permanone 30-30 ULV is recommended for application as an Ultra
SECTION 2. COMPOSITION/INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS
Component Name CAS No. Concentration % by Weight
Minimum Maximum
Permethrin 52645-53-1 30.0000
Piperonyl butoxide 51-03-6 30.0000
Inert ingredients 40.0000
Page 2 of 8
SECTION 3. HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION
NOTE: Please refer to Section 11 for detailed toxicological information.
Emergency Overview
Health: Harmful if swallowed, absorbed through skin or inhaled. Prolonged or
frequently repeated skin contact may cause allergic reactions in some
individuals. Avoid contact with skin, eyes or clothing. Avoid breathing vapors.
Wash thoroughly with soap and water after handling.
Environmental: This product is extremely toxic to fish and aquatic invertebrates
and highly toxic to bees.
CAUTION. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN
Physical State
liquid
Odor
Mild sassafrass-type
Appearance
Thick, dark amber
Routes of Exposure
Ingestion, inhalation, and skin contact.
Immediate Effects
Eye
Causes moderate eye damage injury.
Skin
allergic reactions in some individuals. Slightly irritating.
Harmful if absorbed. Prolonged or frequently repeated skin contact may cause
Ingestion
Harmful if swallowed.
Inhalation
Harmful if inhaled.
Chronic or Delayed
Long-Term
See Section 11 for carcinogenic/oncogenic information on piperonyl butoxide
and permethrin.
Medical Conditions
Aggravated by Exposure
None known.
SECTION 4. FIRST AID MEASURES
Eye
Remove contact lenses, if present, after the first 5 minutes, then continue rinsing
eye. Call a poison control center or doctor for treatment advice.
Hold eye open and rinse slowly and gently with water for 15-20 minutes.
Skin
15-20 minutes. Call a poison control center or doctor for treatment advice.
Take off contaminated clothing. Rinse skin immediately with plenty of water for
Ingestion
induce vomiting unless told to do so by the poison control center or doctor. Do
not give anything by mouth to an unconscious person.
Call a Poison Control Center or doctor immediately for treatment advice. Do not
Inhalation
then give artificial respiration, perferably mouth-to-mouth if possible. Call a
poison control center or doctor for further treatment advice.
Move person to fresh air. If person is not breathing, call 911 or an ambulance,
Note to Physician
center
Page 3 of 8
or doctor or going for treatment.
This product contains a pyrethroid. If a small amount is ingested (or if treatment
is delayed) oral administration of large amounts of activated charcoal and a
cathartic is probably sufficient therapy.
Do not administer milk, cream or other substances containing vegetable or
animal fats, which enhance the absorption of lipophilic substances.
Have the product container or label with you when calling a poison control
SECTION 5. FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES
Flash Point
TCC
129 °C / 264 °F
Suitable Extinguishing
Media
Carbon dioxide, dry chemical, foam or water.
Fire Fighting
Instructions
As in any fire, wear self-contained breathing apparatus pressure-demand,
MSHA/NIOSH approved (or equivalent) and full protective gear.
SECTION 6. ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES
General and Disposal
sweep up
and place in a labeled container.
Soak up with an absorbent material such as sawdust or fuller's earth,
SECTION 7. HANDLING AND STORAGE
Handling Procedures
mist.
Avoid contact with skin, eyes or clothing. Avoid breathing vapors or spray
Storing Procedures
Do not use, pour, spill or store near heat or open flame.
Do not store at temperatures below 40°F (4.5°C). If this material has been
exposed to temperatures below 40°F (4.5°C) there may be precipitation. Check
for crystalization. If evident, warm to 80°F (26.5°C) and thoroughly mix before
using. DO NOT USE OPEN FLAME.
Store product inits original container in a cool, dry, locked place designated for
such insecticides and out of reach of children. Avoid exposure to extreme
temperatures.
Do not contaminate water, food or feed by storage or disposal.
Work/Hygienic
Procedures
Wash thoroughly with soap and water after using and before eating or smoking.
Remove contaminated clothing and wash before reuse.
SECTION 8. EXPOSURE CONTROLS/PERSONAL PROTECTION
Eye/Face Protection
Safety glasses or goggles.
Body Protection
Impervious gloves.
Exposure Limits
None Established
SECTION 9. PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES
Appearance
Thick, dark amber
Physical State
liquid
Odor
Mild sassafrass-type
Bulk Density
8.1837 lbs/gal
Solubility (in water)
insoluble
SECTION 10. STABILITY AND REACTIVITY
Chemical Stability
Page 5 of 8
Stable
Incompatibility
Strong oxidizing agents.
Hazardous
Polymerization
(Conditions to avoid)
Will not occur
SECTION 11. TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION
Acute Oral Toxicity
This data was obtained using Permanone 31% Butacide 66% Manufacturing
Concentrate; EPA Reg. No. 432-1150, which contains 31% permethrin and 66%
piperonyl butoxide.
LD50 rat (female) 396 mg/kg
This data was obtained using Permethrin, the active ingredient.
LD50 rat 1,250 mg/kg
Acute Dermal Toxicity
This data was obtained using Permanone 31% Butacide 66% Manufacturing
Concentrate; EPA Reg. No. 432-1150, which contains 31% permethrin and 66%
piperonyl butoxide.
LD50 rat (male) > 5,176 mg/kg
This data was obtained using Permethrin, the active ingredient.
LD50 rat (female) > 4,000 mg/kg
This data was obtained using Permethrin, the active ingredient.
LD50 rat 2,020 mg/kg
Acute Inhalation Toxicity
(4.0 h)
This data was obtained using Permanone 31% Butacide 66% Manufacturing
Concentrate; EPA Reg. No. 432-1150, which contains 31% permethrin and 66%
piperonyl butoxide.
LC50 rat 17.56 mg/l for DOT purposes
(1.0 hr)
This data was obtained using Permanone 31% Butacide 66% Manufacturing
Concentrate; EPA Reg. No. 432-1150, which contains 31% permethrin and 66%
piperonyl butoxide.
LC50 rat 4.39 mg/l
Skin Irritation
This data was obtained using Permanone 31% Butacide 66% Manufacturing
Concentrate; EPA Reg. No. 432-1150, which contains 31% permethrin and 66%
piperonyl butoxide.
rabbit Slightly irritating
Eye Irritation
This data was obtained using Permanone 31% Butacide 66% Manufacturing
Concentrate; EPA Reg. No. 432-1150, which contains 31% permethrin and 66%
piperonyl butoxide.
rabbit Tox Category III Mildly irritating
Sensitization
This data was obtained using Permanone 31% Butacide 66% Manufacturing
Concentrate; EPA Reg. No. 432-1150, which contains 31% permethrin and 66%
piperonyl butoxide.
guinea pig Sensitizing
Chronic Toxicity
observed in female mice receiving diets containing 375 and 750 mg/kg/day of
permethrin technical over 85 weeks.
A statistically significant increase in the number of benign liver tumors appeared
in mice fed piperonyl butoxide technical at doses which far exceed any
anticipated daily human intake. Independent and industry toxicological experts
who have reviewed the data agree that the findings of the study do not indicate a
health risk to human beings.
A statistically significant increase in the incidence of lung and liver tumors was
Assessment Carcinogenicity
ACGIH
None
NTP
None
IARC
Permethrin 52645-53-1
Piperonyl butoxide 51-03-6
OSHA
None
SECTION 12. ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION
Environmental
Precautions
This product is extremely toxic to fish and aquatic organisms. For terrestrial
uses, do not apply directly to water, or to areas where surface water is present,
or to intertidal areas below mean high water mark. Do not apply when weather
conditions favor drift from areas treated. Drift or runoff from treated areas may be
hazardous to aquatic organisms in neighboring areas. Do not contaminate water
by cleaning of equipment or disposal of equipment wash waters.
This product is highly toxic to bees exposed to direct treatment on blooming
crops or weeds. Do not apply this product or allow it to drift to blooming crops or
weds while bees are actively visiting the treatment area.
Do not apply when winds speeds exceed 10 mph.
Environmental Fate
Log P: 6.10
Soil Absorption Koc: 277000
Hydrolysis HL, days: Stable (pH 5 and pH 7); 242 (pH 9)
Photolysis HL, days: 110 (water); 104 (soil)
Soil Deg HL, days: 39.5 (Aerobic); 197 (Anaerobic)
This data was obtained using Permethrin, the active ingredient.
SECTION 13. DISPOSAL CONSIDERATIONS
General Disposal
Guidance
Pesticide Disposal: Wastes resulting from use of this product may be disposed of
on site or at an approved waste disposal facility.
Container Disposal
Do not reuse container. Wrap containers in several layers of newspaper and
discard in trash.
CONTAINERS LARGER THAN ONE GALLON
(Metal) Triple rinse or equivalent. Then offer for recycling or reconditioning or
puncture and dispose of in a sanitary landfill or by other approved State and
Local procedures.
(Plastic) Triple rinse or equivalent. Then offer for recycling or reconditioning or
puncture and dispose of in a sanitary landfill or incineration, or if allowed by
State and Local authorities, by burning. If burned, stay out of smoke.
CONTAINERS ONE GALLON OR SMALLER:
SECTION 14. TRANSPORT INFORMATION
PROPER SHIPPING NAME: Not DOT regulated
SECTION 15. REGULATORY INFORMATION
US Federal
EPA Registration No.
432-1235
TSCA list
Piperonyl butoxide 51-03-6
TSCA 12b export notification
None
SARA Title III - section 302 - notification and information
None
SARA Title III - section 313 - toxic chemical release reporting
Permethrin 52645-53-1 1.0%
Piperonyl butoxide 51-03-6 1.0%
US States Regulatory
CA Prop65
This product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer.
None
This product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause birth defects or other
reproductive harm.
None
US State right-to-know ingredients
Material Safety Data Sheet
MSDS Number: 1704
PERMANONE 30-30
MSDS Version 1.0
Permethrin 52645-53-1 NJ
Piperonyl butoxide 51-03-6 NJ
Canadian Regulations
Canadian Registrat. No.
Canadian Domestic Substance List
Piperonyl butoxide 51-03-6
Environmental
CERCLA
None
Clean Water Section 307 Priority Pollutants
None
Safe Drinking Water Act Maximum Contaminant Levels
None
International Regulations
EU Classification
None
European Inventory of Existing Commercial Substances (EINECS)
Permethrin 52645-53-1
Piperonyl butoxide 51-03-6
SECTION 16. OTHER INFORMATION
Health Flammability Reactivity Others
HMIS12 0 B
NFPA 1 2 0
REVISED SECTIONS: New MSDS.
Print Date: 01/08/2002
Supersedes MSDS, which is older than: 10/24/2001
This information is provided in good faith but without express or implied warranty. Buyer assumes
all
responsibility for safety and use not in accordance with label instructions. The product names are
registered
trademarks of Aventis.

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