Lyndhurst, Ohio Prohibits Spraying for Mosquitos (West Nile Virus)

August 6th, 2003

To the Editor,

I am a resident of NY and can personally attest to the ineffectiveness of urban spraying and the strongly adverse effects of pesticides upon the populace. I myself was disabled by pesticide poisoning at the age of 45, cutting short a career in special education. Now a “burden upon society”, receiving disability instead of a salary, I was again caught up in the nonsensical assault by toxins in NYC last summer.

When my neighborhood was sprayed for mosquitos three times in just 6 weeks, itt was impossible for me to breathe for days after each pass. I was forced to sleep in my car outside the area.

Far more people are injured by pesticides than by WNV and your article points out how urban spraying programs do not even reach the pests they try to control. Private property must be maintained properly and municipalities should offer assistance with non-toxic maintenance measures for homeowners. People should know that soil samples and samples of house dust taken in NYC over a YEAR post spraying still showed residues of those toxic pesticides. Mosquitos only live a couple of weeks so I hardly think a year’s worth of contamination is a worthy solution.

Sprays made of garlic, mint oil and other essential oils will kill or repel these bugs. Why poison ourselves while making pesticide manufacturers wealthy? If we insist upon non-toxic solutions and refuse to purchase the dangerous ones, the marketplace will begin to reflect our interest in our own survival as a species. After all, if the bugs could be eradicated by poisons, they would be long gone by now…

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  1. BornFamous

    The Armchair Activist

    Barb Rubin points out that spraying for mosquitos doesn’t have to kill us too: “Sprays made of garlic, mint oil and other essential oils will kill or repel these bugs. Why poison ourselves while making pesticide manufacturers wealthy? If we

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