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.