Popular insecticide revealed to be detrimental to dragonflies and water based insects

A new Dutch study suggests that one of the most popular insecticides used globally is having a devastating effect on water based species and dragonflies. On Monday the European Union banned the use of the insecticide along with two others on some of its crops in order to help reduce the risk that it poses to pollinators such as bees which food crops need in order to produce properly.

Lead scientists Dr. Jeroen van der Sluijis from Uterect University stated that much more action will need to be taken however in order to properly address the effects on agriculture. He explained that we are continually putting too much at risk to the future of agriculture just to get rid of a few insects that can be pests. He went on to explain that the substance needs to be stopped around the world.

He also explained that every year about 20,000 tonnes of the insecticide known as imidacloprid is produced that is not subject to the EU ban because it is placed on pets and cattle in order to combat fleas. The problem is that it then ends up in surface water and has the same effect on killing pests that are important to the survival of crops.

According to the research, in water that was polluted with the insecticide there was a 70% reduction in invertebrate species when compared to clean water. In general there were also less species found in the polluted water. The pollution is estimated to affect mayflies, molluscs, and midges. In addition, it may also affect many birds that regularly eat insects as their main source of food like swallows.