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Bug spraying tonight in northeast

Local health officials plan to spray for mosquitoes tonight in an
effort to control ongoing West Nile virus activity in Allen County.

Crews will spray within a half-mile radius of the 6000 block of Glenview
Drive, the 2400 block of Buckhurst Run and the 4600 block of Highwood

Spraying will begin about 8:15 p.m. but will not occur if the temperature is below 55 degrees, winds exceed 10 mph or it is

Although the pesticide used is a low-volume concentration that is considered safe for humans and pets, people are encouraged to
stay inside with their pets until the spraying is finished.

Hey, this is getting way too close for comfort. I live in this most recent spray area, and have lots of BUGS doing the natural buggy things in my urban wildlife habitat.

Pesticide Spraying: A Cure Worse Than the Disease? and there is evidence that their repeated use breeds resistance. Are we headed for 'super-mosquitoes'????

According to the Allen county health department, and the article in Scoop May 5 2010, there hasn’t been a confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Allen County in the last two years, article says that that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t be vigilant. With all the mosquito spraying over the years, don’t let spraying give you a false sense of security. Personal protection is the best prevention.
But it is equally important to recognize the public health hazards associated with widespread pesticide exposure from mosquito spraying in the last 10 years, or even more.

Fort Wayne is using AquaAnvil, a water-based adulticide, with the active ingredient sumithrin, for its mosquito control efforts in 2010. On July 12, 2010: The Jackson County Health Department announced their switch to Clarke AquaAnvil for their community wide efforts to control disease carrying and nuisance mosquitoes. AquaAnvil replaces the previous mosquito control mosquito spray which was oil based, with a new water based technology.

“This is a unique mosquito control chemical,” said Christopher Novak, Control Consultant for Clarke. "AquaAnvil replaces most of the oil in the mixture with water. The chemical droplet is protected by a water based carrier through a process called ‘colloidal suspension’. This allows the spray to be more potent and effective, and the elimination of the oil based carrier helps protect the environment.” Novak says the product also reduces container waste and provides economic advantages when compared to previous conventional methods. Paul Ramsey, Jackson County Environmental Health Director, adds that there is also less odor and less of a ‘fog’ so the new product is not only more environmentally friendly but also more people friendly.

Then why do we to still have to avoid the spray, stay indoors with the windows shuttered, and stay away from any surfaces sprayed upon??

Clarke says: AquaAnvil™ combines the proven performance of the active ingredient in Anvil in a new, unique water-based formulation. Together, you get a product that provides exceptional performance. The use of Droplet Optimization Technology (DOT) enhances efficacy even at low rates. Unlike other water-based products, AquaAnvil™ relies on evaporation to create a MORE POTENT, efficacious droplet(more power) that provides superior control from air or ground.

Anvil is one of the common mosquito pesticides, and sumithrin is one of the synthetic pyrethroids, man-made poisons that are copies of two poisons found in plants, that are neuropoisons, have irritatant and/or sensitizing properties, and are linked to endocrine disruption. They are extremely toxic to aquatic organisms, moderately toxic to birds,

Any pesticide spraying is harmful to ecosystems and wildlife.

Adulticides pose well-documented threats to wildlife, birds,
fish, shellfish, and beneficial insects such as bees, butterflies, and
dragonflies, which prey on mosquitoes.
Pesticide spraying often kills other types of mosquito predators, too.
Furthermore, wildlife and ecosystems depend on mosquitoes for
their survival. I, for one love to watch the birds, bees , butterflies, dragonflies, fish, bats(still seeing bats even though their numbers are being decimated) devour mosquitoes as part of one of the the natural wonders in my designated urban wildlife habitat.
When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epidemic/Epizootic West Nile Virus in the United States: Guidelines for Surveillance, Prevention, and Control 2003 says that insecticidal adulticides do not pose UNREASONABLE health risks to humans, wildlife, or the environment, tells me that science can not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that judiciously spraying for adult mosquitoes reduces the incidence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in humans. Science has not answered that when questioned.

We do know that eliminating mosquito breeding sites, larviciding (killing larvae with a nontoxic product), and personal protection are more effective means of preventing WNV, and they are less harmful to human health and the environment.

No safe exposure level has been scientifically established for avoiding hormonal and other ad­verse effects, nor has the Occupational Safe­ty and Health Administration (OSHA) set an exposure limit.

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Comment by Ellen on May 27, 2011 at 12:41pm

It's that time of year again, already?

By Max Resnik
updated 5/24/2011 6:47:32 PM ET 2011-05-24T22:47:32

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – If it seems like the mosquitoes have invaded earlier this year that is because they have. So what tips are there to keep from being bitten and what steps can you take at home to keep the family safe?

For now, the mosquitoes flying and buzzing around us are nuisance mosquitoes and are basically harmless. The virus-carrying mosquitoes and the mosquitoes that will carry West Nile Virus tend to pop up more in direr ( gotta love this typo, cause we are living in dire times ) conditions. As the heat and dryness of summer increase, the chance for West Nile Virus becoming an issue increases as well.

Comment by Ellen on September 14, 2010 at 8:48pm
The West Nile Virus Conspiracy.......this is a joke right?????

Comment by Ellen on September 14, 2010 at 10:06am
Probable, probable, probable.......this term is being used to 'confirm' WNV cases.
'So far in 2010, 280 mosquito samples have been tested in Allen County and 48 have been positive for West Nile virus.'There has been two 'probable' human cases reported in Allen County.'http://www.wane.com/dpp/news/local/mosquito-spraying-scheduled-tuesday
The definition of 'probable'(word is being used repeatedly): supported by evidence strong enough to establish presumption, but 'not proof'
This isn't good enough for me to endorse the spraying of pesticides that are 'questionable'
Comment by Ellen on September 5, 2010 at 12:44am
Welcome Leah......geez I wonder how many more people out there with extreme chemical sensitivitives to these pesticides, but tolerate all the spraying because they are told by city officials that it is for their own good........ yeah right.
I remember walking through lawns full of clover, full of honey bees, as a kid, of course I was barefoot, got stung repeatedly, now allergic to bees...lol, oh well, still love the bees.

Here is the life story of the mosquito, nobody loves them, and nobody loves a mosquito hugger.

The story of the mosquito.
Biology professors like to ask what animal kills the most people. Their poor students humiliate themselves by calling out grizzly bear, tiger, cobra, even hippo. The right answer, of course, is the female mosquito—no fur, no fangs, just a( hypodermic needle)???(not really hypodermic) on the wing. She's less than a quarter-inch long, has six legs, and is the most efficient transmitter of disease in the animal kingdom. She uses scent to find us, attracted by the lactic acid and other ingredients in perspiration. She also senses the carbon dioxide in our exhalations and follows the slipstream back to our faces. The more you sweat and pant as you shoo her away, the more attractive you become.
Comment by Leah DiMaria on September 4, 2010 at 7:37am
Huge Thank YOU Ellen, for this blog!!! It also reminded me to call my local health Dept. I do every time I move ,but has been 4yrs since I last needed to. I am supposed to be put on a call list for notification of "bug spraying" before it's done in my area..rarely do they do it though!! I was supposed to be added to the so called NO SPRAY area ,due to my health issues.I have EI and MCS ..I now live in an apartment complex,where I have also asked the management to NOT spray lawn(weed killer- any kind of pesticides,chemicals) around my patio..or near it. It was quite interesting to try to explain WHY they can NOT spray anywhere near me. or even WHAT- Multiple Chemical Sensitivities(MCS) & Environmental illness (EI) is to them..and how sick the spraying will (does) make me as well as the dangers of chemical pest/bug spraying not only to me but to the area wildlife,pets ,people-especially children,run off into the pond where ducks,Geese & other water fowl reside..etc...
This is a reply I wrote on CurrentTV on the article/blog
Scientists stunned as bee populations continue to decline.
One reason that seems to be overlooked- The American "brainwashing" to have perfectly manicured lawns,killing off clover,dandelions,many wildflowers that have been classified as "weeds" by big corporations like Monsanto,to sell more chemical sprays..so called "Lawn care Services" that use toxic chemicals to kill off these pesky "weeds" that many bees pollinate and make honey from. Clover honey is Yummy!
The bees are also exposed to these Toxins!
While also contaminating soil,groundwater and causing illnesses,contributing to learning disorders (like ADD) in children & creating illnesses and possible deaths for domestic animals(pets) .
Stop poisoning Your Lawns/gardens and other green spaces where clover & other wild flowers grow!!

Stop Poisoning Your lawns and green spaces,period!!
A wee bit off topic but related issue,in my opinion.
Comment by Ellen on August 31, 2010 at 10:12am
Been watching for feed back to the alerts for mosquito spraying posted on Wane news.com....there has been nada....zilch. no interest, nor concerns for all the pesticides being sprayed....the propaganda from big chem, city officials, that broad base pesticide spraying is safe, is necessary, has apparently mollified the sheeple...
Comment by waldopaper on August 28, 2010 at 10:44am
We are running out of quick-fixes, and centuries of short-term thinking are catching up with us. Changing the mentality of this "Fast-Food Nation" is the challenge of our lifetime!
Comment by Eric Stallsmith on August 27, 2010 at 2:55pm
this detailed info is not available anywhere.....we trust that powers that be understand things and make good decisions. It is clear that this is not the case often times.

I had lots of questions....like if it is water soluble then I wonder how long it stays in the environment. So many things we do are just experiments these days it seems like.
Comment by Ellen on August 27, 2010 at 12:14pm
Thanks Eric! I called the Allen County Health Dept. out of curiosity to see if anyone answering my call could tell me exactly what pesticides are being sprayed, they didn't know, or would not tell me. I did receive a call around 8 in the evening, just before spraying time, and was told in rapid fire the name AquaAnvil and chemicals listed, the guy that called was rushed to get out and spray, of course. Called the district of New Haven which has their own spraying program, and claims they are spraying for the first time. I talked to the mayor of New Haven, or somebody in the mayors office, she did not know either. This is scary s@#t when our elected officials do not know what is being sprayed as a local mosquito control, could be making their constituents/environment sick, more than WNV is, and will listen only to the big chem businesses like Clarke.
Comment by Eric Stallsmith on August 27, 2010 at 11:42am
that is a really good article

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