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I say spray. After doing some investigation into the chemicals being used, I feel quite comfortable saying this.

I have a huge yard I work in. Last year the blood suckers were so bad I had to work in the heat of the day, spray myself with toxic chemicals, just to weed the garden.

I do not want to soak my own body in chemicals to enjoy my yard.

The use of Bacillus thuringiensis or Bacillus sphaericus for mosquito control has been proven to be effective and to have no negative effects.

However, permethrin, suggested to control adult mosquitoes, is a known carcinogen. It causes chromosome aberrations in human and hamster cells, and may affect children more than adults. In concentrations of less than 1 part per billion it can adversely affect beneficial insects, fish, and honey bees.

I have concerns about applying this chemical to populated areas, and would like to investigate less-toxic options.

From what information I’ve read about the methods that are being employed to control the mosquito population this year, I don’t feel that there should be any reason to fear risk to insect and aquatic life.

The biological agents they intend to use are targeted specifically at mosquitoes. Personally, I’d rather face a small risk to insects and aquatic life than to face the much larger risk of losing more people to the West Nile Virus.

It shouldn’t raise fears if we are to believe the Garfield County vegetation specialist and the company hired to control the mosquitoes. But I was taught to question authority as a means to keep citizens free, honest people honest, and bad folks nervous.

The question sounds like a good lead-in for some more investigative reporting by GSPI. Get after it, boys and girls. Flush out another opinion on this company and their stuff. I don’t want no flesh-burnin’ rash, but no West Nile bitin’ me neither.

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