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TELL US: What Are Your Thoughts on WNV Mosquito Spraying?

Area communities are spraying in an attempt to fend off West Nile Virus. Do you agree with this decision?

As health officials battle in the United States, many Massachusetts communities are resorting to pesticide spraying.

Officials Wednesday announced the Board of Health

So far, there have been n

The issue of pesticide use is often a heated one, and we're wondering what your thoughts on the issue are as health officials make the decision to resort to spraying in an attempt to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus. 

Are you in favor of community mosquito spraying? 

Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Bill Bowler August 31, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I am in favor of spraying. Hamilton rejoined the Northeast Mosquito Control District after a thorough presntation at town meeting. There were then extensive public hearings by both the Board of Health and Selectmen to set the limited parameters in which spraying would take place. The scientific data is clear that there are no effects on humans or animals other than mosquitios.
Edgar Allan Bro August 31, 2012 at 05:56 PM
41 deaths nationwide is miniscule and shouldn't even be acknowledged as a risk. The threat associated with EEE and WNV is fear mongering. The purpose is to increase viewership for news networks and their digital content components. There more lepers found in the United States each year than there are folks suffering from WNV in 2012. Cite: http://www.hrsa.gov/hansensdisease/. Leprosy is purportedly transmitted by armadillos, and although 95% of people are immune to leprosy, we still cannot neglect the remaining 5%, hence, we ought to spray armadillocide throughout the country. Makes sense. In short, I don't support spraying.
Pat August 31, 2012 at 10:40 PM
SPRAY! I find it hard to believe that Danvers is the ONLY community that has not found EEE. Are they actually testing mosquitos??
Pat August 31, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I have seen the effects of EEE and West Nile. SPRAY…I wouldn't wish that on my greatest enemy. If it's preventable, do it!
Sean Ward September 01, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I want to know how they trapped that many Mosquitos so I can do it and kill them. What ever happened to bug zappers?
mike September 02, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Danvers MA might have it, they just havent found it in the traps. I own a company that does mosquito and tick spraying for home owners on the north shore. What the state uses at night has a short life span, so it doesnt have long lasting efficacy in the enviroment. I get a lot of calls when the news reports west nile or EEE. I am outside daily and the insect that scares me is the Black legged tick AKA "The Deer Tick", this is an insect that can ruin your life. For more information on deer tick identification, tips, and info on other tick borne illness check out http://Tickspraying.com If you have netflix there is a great video called "Under our skin" mosquitoes are the least of our problems.
mike September 02, 2012 at 01:20 PM
They usually trap with CO2 traps.
River Divine October 04, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I do NOT support. Pesticide exposure is linked to Parkinson's disease, hormonal- based cancers (such as breast cancer, prostrate cancer), ADHD, non Hodgkins lymphoma, asthma, and other very serious diseases in humans. These chemicals leach into our water supply, where we end up ingesting these poisons; they are distributed through the air on wind currents, where we breathe these poisons in. These chemicals negatively effect our nervous systems (the same biological process that kills mosquitos via their nervous system). Multiple sprayings are even worse, as there is a cumulative detrimental effect. Mosquito spraying destroys beneficial insects, as well as the birds and bats which are KEY to eliminating mosquito populations. The spraying kills bees which are key to pollination and the ecosystem. The spraying exposes wild animals- as well as to our dogs, cats, horses, cows, goats, sheep, etc- to these dangerous neurotoxins, as well. While the mosquito control/chemical companies profit from these applications, it is certain that the rest of us are victims to their poisoning- much more than any mosquito. The cost of blasting poisons in our neighborhood in an attempt to 'hit' a virus-carrying mosquito FAR exceeds any minimal benefit it may attempt to provide.
River Divine October 05, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Agreed. Don't you love it when our local tax dollars are used to poison us, and give us diseases like cancer and Parkinson's? :/ This is how I view the human, wildlife, and ecological hazards of mosquito spraying..
mike November 22, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Would love to see all the studies that you seem to be so familiar with. FYI the LD50 for permtherin, is less toxic than peanut oil!

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