Mayor Rawlings Wants Aerial Spraying in Dallas, Which Will Start As Early As Thursday

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Okay, so the ground offensive didn't work, but can the little bastards withstand a full aerial assault?
It didn't take Mayor Mike Rawlings long to make up his mind. Just after meeting with state health officials and reading all those helpful Facebook comments yesterday, Rawlings declared he's all in for aerial mosquito spraying.

"Since public safety is my No. 1 job, I think it's paramount to step up to the plate and say we need to do this," Rawlings told the Morning News late last night. "Obviously, no one wants anything sprayed over their house, but the EPA and the city of New York and Massachusetts and Sacramento have all tested this out and there have been no signs of any personal health issues because of this, so I think it's an appropriate thing to do."

And precisely what will rain down upon us from the sky, and when will it start? Five planes are expected to arrive on Thursday, and Rawlings told the DMN he wants a plan on his desk the day before. The chemical that will be used, per WFAA, is Duet, an adulticide in wide use for mosquito control. Dr. David Lakey of the Texas Department of State Health Services, told the station Duet is perfectly safe. Per its MSDS, it poses a "slight" health risk.

Just to be on the safe side, though, you should keep your windows closed, bring all pets inside, and rinse off any homegrown vegetables.

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Type O Joy
Type O Joy

This isn't an epidemic, folks. It's a hugely out-of-proportion public health response to a relatively small threat and, quite frankly, pisses me off.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Hear the County Health Director..  "It's a new world....  as if the skeeters use the Internet..."  what an idiot.

auntiecairo
auntiecairo

Unless the City simultaneously instigates a water plan to go with the spraying it's a waste of money -- how about limiting watering to once a week; making people with standing water - fountains, etc. to drain or cover them.  The reason the skeeters are bad in North Dallas is because people overwater, have pools, lush vegetation.  Overwatering is bad anyway -- but especially this year.

Shannon Adolph
Shannon Adolph

Also, I would like to know how long my pets and I will be under house arrest? I guess if I had seen this coming, I should have trained my dogs to use a litter box.

Shannon Adolph
Shannon Adolph

Also, I would like to know how long my pets and I will be under house arrest? I guess if I had seen this coming, I should have trained my dogs to use a litter box.

Justin Cade Gilbert
Justin Cade Gilbert

"Live Large, Think Big" - so much for the latter.. so many positive strides in the city to put up a front that we're some coming of age metropolitan city, but we're crop dusting our citizens with chemicals.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

I literally have federally protected birds in my chimney---chimney swifts. I grow veggies in my yard, and I have bees. I have NO mosquities because of the swifts. NONE. Austin has bats under a bridge. What does Dallas do? Spray.

Steve Black
Steve Black

Do it! Do it now! Mosquitos should be extincted. There's no need for them, even as a food source for dragonflies.

Cyncyn Gallegos
Cyncyn Gallegos

Am gonna stay in side the whole day,don't wanna breath that shit in you never know what else they put in there some people are not gonna even know about the spraying.

Natalie Marshall
Natalie Marshall

Amy info on when it will dissipate from the air so we can go back outside?

Jason Lumberg
Jason Lumberg

Awww yeah...crank that shit up. Kill every insect in Dallas County.

Tolldya
Tolldya

Let's test the science by sampling. How 'bout testing on his block first? 

TheWyldkat
TheWyldkat

 @Tolldya The spraying will be concentrated around Park cities, so for all intents and purposes his block will get it first!

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