Sandy Rippetoe's four-year-old may miss his first day of school at Danville Montessori School Tuesday.
His mom is afraid that insecticide residue intended to kill mosquitoes will still be on the school's playground equipment. Monday night the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will spray Danville with a form of the insecticide Dursban to curb the mosquito population. The number of West Nile Virus cases has tripled since last week and Kentucky is one of 16 states that has had human cases of the disease.
Rippetoe said she doesn't have a problem with the spraying but rather with the insecticide, Dursban, which is being phased out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The spray, also known as chlorphyrifos, is the most widely used household pesticide produced in the U.S. and is used in agriculture, home and termite treatment.