Get Ready For Your Second Helping of Aerial Poison

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Watch out, mosquitoes. Mayor Mike's got his serious face on.
Dallas has drawn national attention for its decision to blanket itself with pesticide to combat the ongoing outbreak of West Nile. Hence, Rawlings' appearance this morning on CNN with Soledad O'Brien.

"Nice to see you sir," O'Brien said. "Thank you for talking with us. We appreciate it."

Rawlings nods. "Good to have me."

He goes on to tell O'Brien that spraying has been going well. Sure, there were a couple of unexpected rain delays, but last night crews were able to cover a quarter of a million acres.

"Tonight we go back at it we have a fifth plane and by that time we should have everybody done this time tomorrow morning," Rawlings said.

In a statement sent a few minutes ago, Rawlings said that while the initial spray had some "positive preliminary results," more needs to be done

"We need to expand our assault on the ground and enlist residents to join the fight by draining standing water to cut off mosquito breeding grounds," Rawlings said. "It only takes a little soil, compost or a few leaves, and water that stands stagnant for 1-2 weeks, to breed mosquitoes."

That and dump another coating of poison on all 362,328 acres of Dallas County. The planes fly from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Dallas, earlier in other cities. Officials are not yet sure whether they will spray again on Tuesday night.

There is good news in all of this. Just hours after my East Dallas home had been strafed with Duet, two living, non-mutant mosquitoes landed on my arm in quick succession, more than I had seen for quite some time. And how dangerous can a poison be if it can't even kill a damned mosquito?

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randi.trollop
randi.trollop

I don't usually see the local morning news but caught a few minutes of WFAA this morning.  They had a propaganda acolyte on touting the "safeness" of the whole spraying operation.  It very much reminded my of the DDT propaganda films from back in the day.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

The good news--for me--is that the three dragon flies who have turned my backyard into their own private buffet line appear to have survived the initial spraying. Haven't had a single mosquito bite since the good guys should up.

Torey Downing
Torey Downing

Stop The Spraying. You just can't shower everything with poison.

cheeseburger
cheeseburger

One of the components in Duet is supposed to be a mosquito attractant so they will come out and get the poison.  It is no wonder that you would see them more active just after a spraying. 

Blake Wilson
Blake Wilson

Why aren't we spraying the birds? They started it!

Shannon Adolph
Shannon Adolph

Clearly residents as the mosquitoes are alive and well.

Anna Elisabeth
Anna Elisabeth

Everybody? Who is he targeting, insects or residents?

auntiecairo
auntiecairo

I had the same experience -- after getting sprayed I had no less than 10 bites in a minute when making the mistake of lowering my car windows (thinking it was safe after 2 sprayings and 3 inches of rain).  I don't know why they don't instigate watering restrictions -since standing water is the cause - but guess we can't risk any patches of brown grass in Preston Hollow and Park Cities (which have the highest incidence) --

Honeybee
Honeybee

Saw a dead bee on my front porch in Preston Hollow on Friday.  On Sunday evening, I got 5 mosquito bites while sitting on my poisoned patio.

 

So, no...it's not looking like the poison is working.  Except on bees.

 

And did anybody see WFAA around 6 on Thursday?  They showed a Preston Hollow woman complaining about the awful pool on her block that is probably ground zero for mosquito breeding.  Then the newsreader actually said that the city is too busy with the logistics of the aerial spraying to get around to the pool right now.  Sheesh.

 

Again:  DISD, JWP, City Council, "Glad to have me", the Superbowl fiasco...whomever is running this place just doesn't get it.  Greed = KARMA = national humiliation

DowntownResident
DowntownResident

Look at the mayor leading the shit out of this city in it's time of crisis! He must think this is his 9/11 moment. 

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

This wonderfuckingful new commenting system needs to be sprayed with Duet, and whatever else you have handy.

I always knew Mayor McDeet looked familiar. I found a pic, it's in the link in my adjacent post. Not spam.

patobutter
patobutter

@Dallas_Observer 100th of 1% of the population is hardly an epidemic! Spraying Dallas is 'overkill', no pun intended!

Cheaptarts
Cheaptarts

@Dallas_Observer they should just make leaflets of Mike's face & drop them from those planes. That alone should spook the mosquitos ✈

BiteMe
BiteMe

 @auntiecairo When the baby bee killer murdered what eats mosquitoes, what did we expect? 

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