Residents have right to know chemical content
I am writing in response to the unannounced evening aerial spraying for mosquitoes that was conducted in Glynn County on the evening of June 3.

I have read reports in the local newspaper each year concerning the dangers of mosquito-borne viruses (but) I am unaware of any efforts made to inform the public of the hazards of the pesticides that are being used for mosquitoes.

Not only was I sprayed during the numerous passes the airplane made over my yard, but our produce gardens, apiary, animals, and lake also were sprayed.

Since this was an aerial spraying, I can only assume that the pesticide being sprayed was an adulticide, which, according to the CDC, is the least effective mosquito control technique. Many adulticide chemicals are lethal to mosquitoes by contact only, and most adulticide sprays are identified as deadly to aquatic creatures of all kinds.

I have numerous questions, including these: what kind of monitoring of mosquito populations is being done; what parameters are set to determine if and when spraying should occur; is this information being made available to the public; what efforts are made to inform the public in advance of spraying; are guidelines on how to reduce exposure to this spraying being published?

I also feel the public should have access to information about the chemicals to which they are being exposed.

B.A. Lewis


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