Facebook Tells Mayor Rawlings Not to Aerial Spray, So Get Ready For Aerial Spraying

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Facebook has spoken, so you might want to hole up in the house for the rest of August.
Remember last time Mayor Mike Rawlings went to Facebook to ask for feedback on a controversial topic of citywide import? And how he ignored the overwhelming majority of comments and pledged his full support for the Trinity Parkway? Well, he's put out another call for feedback on Twitter and Facebook:

Facebook, of course, was unanimous: For the love of God, don't spray! Think of the children! And the bees! And the bees' children!

Paula Blackmon, the mayor's chief of staff, said the tweet that went out an hour or so ago wasn't a call for comments, per se. There were so many comments on Rawlings' Facebook page that they began falling off, leading people to think they were removed and respond accordingly. The "What do you think?" post was letting people know to comment in the designated app.

She assured me Rawlings is reading them all. He's also meeting with public health officials as I type to figure out what to do. If history is any guide, just plan on sealing the windows and keeping Fido inside for the next week.

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bldee3
bldee3

Let's get real; this is a political ploy and nothing else since there's no 'science' to back it up as is stated. There's plenty of science to back  up the poison affects of pesticides. Why oh why have you completely denied all of THIS scientific information?

bldee3
bldee3

You say this is safe?  Then why has former President Bush asked that spraying be done nowhere near his house.

 

You also say that there have been no known problems from the spray.  People who don't have lung problems only feel the affects some time after the damage has been done and then suddenly or gradully, they're very ill and don't know why.The rest of us with C.O.P.D. feel more of the damage immediately.  I'm one. Ronda Dee

Barry Kooda
Barry Kooda

I just love the city council's attitude of  "We want your input so we can pretend that what you say matters ..."

bldee3
bldee3

I just wrote a very long blog e-mail and it's gone?  Where did it go?  I'm frustrated.  

 

To try to be brief; this is the worst thing you can do to so-call treat the problem.  Aerial spraying of Pesticides will kill citizens and if not an immediate death will cause a slow death from cancer , lung disease and other diseases.  This is genocide.

 

I, along with my Environmental Group went to the City Council years ago with researchers, doctors, toxicologists, and those who've studied the affects of aerial spraying.  And DDT is one of the worst poisons which has been banned in the U.S.This is not the way to take care of this problem.  

 

Adult mosquitos who carry the West Nile Virus have a very short life span. Getting rid of sttanding water is the best prevention. Those who've died from this virus already have a compromised immune system, along with other diseases.  Younger, healthier people who have been infected show no symptoms and don't know they even have this virus.  No more people die from this than the flu or from any lung disease

 

This is similar to the First Responders in 9/11 who were told that the air they were breathing was fine and most died and the rest are dying now from cancers of all kinds.  Instead of listening to fear mongers why don't you listen to the researchers who are in the know about the dangers of aerial spraying and also how to best rid our population of this problem.j

 

Unless you listen to the people who know and not to those who are in fear you will do  considerable damage to everyone in our Metroplex.  People are leaving these areas now by the hordes to prevent their own deaths and their families.  Ronda Dee of facebok.com 

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Dammit, y'all sent your "no" votes to Citizen Mike instead of Mayor Mike.

 

I HATE IT when that happens!

James Wright
James Wright

Why Aerial Spraying for Mosquitos is a Terrible Plan - by Gene Helmick-Richardson by Maria Whitworth on Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 2:27pm · Why Aerial Spraying for Mosquitos is a Terrible Plan - by Gene Helmick-Richardson As a licensed pest control operator in the metroplex for over 20 years and with a PhD in Entomology I think I can speak with some authority and knowledge on the proposed aerial spraying for mosquitoes to halt the spread of West Nile Virus in Dallas. For those of you who don't want to wade through the boring facts presented below, I oppose any widespread spraying of adulticides for mosquito control because it simply doesn't work. It is a waste of time and resources when we should be focused on scientifically proven strategies to control this problem. Now for the boring details. First the problem.The CDC fact sheet on WNV ( CDC: West Nile Virus - What You Need To Know) explains that only 1 in 150 people who contract the disease develop serious illness and 4 out of 5 have no symptoms at all. Many reading this have been exposed already and don't even know it. Deaths are extremely rare and almost always are complicated by some underlying health problems. This is not a serious problem. Enough hysteria, please. "Well, its not a problem unless you or your loved ones get this disease." True. It gets very personal. I don't want to get WNV either because I'm in one of those vulnerable groups (over 65). I demand that the government "Do something!" about this problem. But, what should they do? As a taxpayer I want the biggest bang for my hard-earned buck. Since the days of DDT, the answer for any pest problem has been toxic chemicals. Many will remember the old hand-pumped sprayer that grandma sprayed around the house to kill mosquitoes. Now it is the aerosol cans from the grocery store. Targeted spraying for personal control is a personal choice, but follow directions and don't use them around me. The real problem with dependence on toxic mosquito adulticides is that they treat only the symptom, not the problem. Dr. David Pimentel addresses this problem in his research in New York. He has an excellent article at: http:// www.stopwestnilesprayingnow.org /WNv&mosqctrl.pdf So why then are our county officials and even the county medical society recommending this outmoded and unscientific approach? I really don't know. You see, they had a closed meeting and then came out to announce they were going to use aerial spraying. I would love to see or hear what went on there. (Continued below the link.) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dallas, Stop the Spray! Combat Mosquitoes the Intelligent Way Sign the petition at: http://www.change.org/petitions/dallas-stop-the-spray-combat-mosquitoes-the-intelligent-way ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Zach Thompson and his hard working crew had been going by the book to closely monitor WNV pools. They had been targeting hot spot neighborhoods with the traditional and largely ineffective use of Ultra Low Volume (ULV) truck mounted sprayers. He had been demanding proof that aerial spraying works in metropolitan areas to control WNV without endangering the population. Seems like a reasonable request for the man ultimately charged with keeping us healthy and safe. Somewhat surprisingly, there are virtually no research studies on the actual efficacy of spraying adulticides for WNV control. The lone exception is the study done in Sacramento, California. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/ article/14/5/ 07-1347_article.htm This is the study that I assume the Dallas County Medical Association mentioned in their recommendation to start aerial spraying. Both Dr. Pimentel and I have some serious questions concerning the conduct, analysis, and conclusions of this study. Some have even called it "fatally flawed". As an initial effort to justify the expense and risks of aerial spraying for control of WNV, it is a much needed and absolutely necessary first step. However, it is a very shaky justification for exposing us all to dangerous pesticides. There are other things to consider when we talk of aerial spraying. Besides the proven ineffectiveness in solving the problem, the effect on honey bees, butterflies, and even beneficial predators like dragon flies is well documented. Dr. Pimentel states that to control a mosquito population you should have 90% control. Reports of control range from 42% to 93% depending on a number of factors. If you fail to get 90% control, then the remaining 10%+ of survivors can quickly rebuild the population to original levels. Sometimes, due to the absence of beneficial predators, you may get a resurgence to even higher levels. So, what do we do? Politicians are charged to "do something" and fortunately the correct thing to do is well documented. It starts with controlling the breeding sites. All stagnant water pools in the area should be located and either drained, treated with larvacides, or populated with mosquito fish. Educational programs like NY's Fight the Bite program and similar out reach programs have proven effective in preventing exposure and limiting populations of mosquitoes. The manpower and expense involved in such programs, which include stricter code enforcement, free distribution of larvacides, and even door-to-door visits by volunteers or trained staff are not very high when compared to the cost of aerial pesticide application. And besides, they actually work. Finally, and much more seriously, we are facing the potential for much more deadly threats of tropical diseases. If you fear WNV, you will be terrified of dengue fever and other serious mosquito borne diseases that are headed our way. If we empty our quiver on this mild threat we will be unarmed when a real threat arrives. Pesticide resistance is well-studied in mosquito populations. We will be creating "super mosquitoes" resistant to current pesticides. For these and other reasons I feel that the use of aerial spraying in the Dallas metroplex is an unwise, ineffective, potentially dangerous, politically motivated over-reaction to a very mild threat. The decision was based on faulty research and may be counter productive at worst and a waste of limited resources at best. Tell your government officials to stop now, before they poison your back yard. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Send your Mayor and City Councilperson an email: http://www.dallascityhall.com/government/council/contact_mcc.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Photo from http://keranews.org/post/update-dallas-mayor-supports-plan-aerial-mosquito-spraying

Serey Ol Sao
Serey Ol Sao

I'm so happy my kids are in another state! I wish I can say the same for the rest of the kids here! Another one of those schemes where the government tells you your opinions/thoughts matter but they don't!

Sal Ayala
Sal Ayala

Studies also indicate permethrin to be carcinogenic and possibly linked to Parkinson's symptoms.

soonermaniac
soonermaniac

Of course the city won't listen to us. The decision has been made. Chances are John Wiley Price stands to make a pretty penny off of this already. I'm sure he worked a little kickback deal with whoever gets the contract to spray. Instead of "Commissioner's Court" it needs to be "Commissioners Go To Court". They should all be voted out, especially if they spray!!!!

Emily Kelton
Emily Kelton

This is so sad. I hope they don't spray!

Tiffany English Ogle
Tiffany English Ogle

the collateral damage is not worth it. but go ahead dallas! (need an eye roll button.)

Shannon Adolph
Shannon Adolph

I wonder if they will even tell us which days it won't be safe to go outside?

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

also frogs/tadpoles are hurt by this spraying, another natural enemy of mosquito larvae wrigglers.   In my pond, which is rain water fed, the tadpoles have eliminated any mosquito larvae, even though my pond wasn't running all weekend.  I generally let my pond run dry in Summer, but the recent rains filled it up

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