Stop spraying 'toxins' to kill mosquitoes

August 25, 2004

Dear Editor:

Last year, the public health director, a local physician, a concerned mother and I, among others, advised the Danville City Commission against spraying nerve toxins in attempts to kill mosquitoes. It is unfortunate that the spraying continues.

Natural predators normally devour most mosquitoes. Pesticide kills mosquitoes along with their predators. While new mosquitoes hatch daily, many of the predators do not return for at least a year. We have thrown the natural checks out of balance.

The pesticide, sprayed in Danville and without warning in Junction City and Old Bridge, is applied at night and floats in the darkness as children await school buses. It lurks on playground equipment and in shadows even after sunrise.


Local code enforcement officer Tom Broach is under the impression that this product is "safe." He advised me to call Keith Hamilton in Frankfort for verification. Keith Hamilton said he would not use the word "safe" at all, and that the word applied to this pesticide is "caution." We have thrown caution to the wind.

I have called people around the country and searched online for reassurance that this pesticide is safe. I have found that it is banned for household use and that many who have studied it longer than I have suggest it does more harm than good.

I urge the city commission to end the spraying of toxins in our community and to restore the balance of nature. If pesticide spraying will go on, it makes no sense to spray on school nights.

It would be easy for the commission to provide ample warnings for residents in all of the exposed areas so that windows can be closed and toys can be removed from lawns.

At present, residents must call before each spraying to be placed on the no-spray list. It would be a service to the community if the commission would at least maintain a permanent no-spray list so that calls need not be placed over and over again.

Residents of Boyle County may contact Tom Broach at 238-1200 to be placed on the no-spray list. Mr. Broach does anticipate more spraying this year.

Dave Anderson


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