(Closed) Spraying the Town for West Nile? Safe?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

It doesn’t seem toooooo dangerous but I’m leery of anything like this because didn’t they used to do the same with DET to kill mosquitos and now we know that’s not good for us!  I’d be scared if my town told me to stay inside for 2 hours – what if there is an emergency?  I’d probably consider going away for a day or 2…

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

Seems like a terrible idea. Plus, there are a lot worse public health threats IMO, that receive little to no attention. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Oh man I don’t know how that could be safe.. Even if they stay inside while they’re spraying, won’t the spray still be on everything once they go back out? Eeep! 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Idk, they did this the entire summer I was working in SC – I didn’t grow an extra eyeball or anything and it did help with the mosquitos!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Vidya:  I’m not sure if it’s just the norm… but spraying is done all the time in Tallahasse. I’m not too concerned.. and I can definitely tell the difference after they do spray. The mosquitoes were HORRRIBLE and then they did a spraying (i can’t remember when) and it was like they disappeared! 

I don’t remember them telling us to stay inside but they just said be aware of local sprayings.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

They have been doing arial sprays and ground sprays in my area for a while now and, I can promise you, it is 100% safe.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I used to live in a town that had a ton of marshland and during the summer and fall they would spray all the time for the mosquitos.  I’m fine…as far as I know 0_o

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Growing up in Florida they sprayed every night..I remember seeing the yellow lights coming down the street and running inside because it was creepy…then right back outside…

I heard they are going to start spraying here (it’s terrible..I went outside today in t shirt and pants and had bites through my clothes) and I can’t wait. We don’t go outside in our neighborhood (older, and super shaded) from May to November and when we do we run to the car..

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

Think about what happens to the insecticide. It doesn’t selectively target Mosquitos. It sprays everything. And then ends up in the food you eat and the water you drink. You can’t do anything about it, but I think it’s bad news to just take anyone’s word on something that affects your health without some research (and not just gov sources). Kudos OP.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I grew up in a town that sprayed for mosquitos monthly at least. Everyone was fine. West Nile is not a good thing and spraying is better than people getting sick, especially because mosquitos don’t discriminate and it can make kids and the elderly very sick. 

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