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“…a necessary sacrifice for the sake of community safety.” A dangerous trend in America is that the medical/political community are touting this “shared risk for the sake of the majority” narrative. Majority should never trample the individual in America. ANYone can say/has said throughout history that what they’re doing is for the good of the majority, passing draconian laws that trampled a minority. My rights don’t trump yours, if there are a thousand of me and one of you. Your rights don’t trump mine, even if there are a hundred thousand of you and one of me. That’s liberty. If one is allergic to insecticides, if one has an organic backyard garden due to health, if one (justifiably) doesn’t trust the government’s shaky version of science and public health, they should be free to choose for themselves. Declaring a public emergency to pass draconian measures that override the individual is bull. Fear is what they use on the public to get them to override the minority. Fear that their neighbor’s choices will somehow hurt them. Fear tactics should ALWAYS raise a red flag, because that’s the exact method that even put Hitler in power. It’s the oldest trick in the book to shut down and even kill off a minority. Should everyone with an allergy die to keep you safe? How far will you go? What would you do if one day that false fear factor is pointed at you as the culprit? If your neighbor’s liberty falls, yours falls, even if it kept you “safe” for a day.
I live in an area where 2 people died within 1/2 mile of each other. Nearest wetland was 2 miles away as a crow flies. They sprayed our neighborhood. No bats, birds, squirrels, chickens, geese or anything died. My pond still has fish in it. I am really tired of anti-science people giving emotional cries to hysteria to ward off the boogie man. I suspect many of the same people are anti-vaccine too.
Good article, but missing some key points. There was only a 4-6 hour window to opt out.
I live in Kalamazoo and I opted out. I’m also a Beekeeper, in Barry County where they did spray. We opted out there too, but that only protects within 1000 feet of the property line. Bees travel up to 3 miles to gather pollen. We were instructed to close our bees in the hive for min 24 hours, and cover with damp sheets, and to provide fresh water for a week because their natural drinking area would kill them. We also had to pull any honey before the spraying, because anything left behind would no longer be considered fit for human consumption. This is the food that the bees use to live through the winter – poisoned.
This chemical kills indiscriminately, including fish, cats, birds, bats and other insects that control mosquito populations. Upset that balance, and you’ll end up needing to spray every year, like Florida and other states do.
The SDS sheet instructs not to spray on or near water, not on actively blooming plant life or weeds. That’s plausible if ground spraying, but not via airplane especially at night.
Here’s the thing – they’re spraying to protect human life. However, we humans are the only ones with the means to protect ourselves from mosquito bites, by staying indoors at dusk, protective clothing, repellents, heck, even mosquito netting if needed. The wildlife and insects don’t have that ability.
Thank you Kim, I reside in nearby Allegan County with many organic farms and bees nearby. The opt out was helpful for us, yet we wonder locally how things will look next year.
“In a typical year, the adult mosquitoes that spread EEE would be dying out in Michigan by late August. This year, though, they persisted well into the fall .”
Longer warm seasons is just one of the problems we will be facing more frequently with the advent of Climate Change, as it encourages these pesky mosquitos and ticks to spread these diseases further and further.
what is wrong with people?? I am severely Chemically sensitive & it is to Chem. Pesticides!!! why in the heck, ha, do they not use BTI a safe, effective, way to kill mosquitos and NOTHING ELSE!! It is the same as mosquito Dunks! It can be fogged, & sprayed. Chemical pesticides alter DNA & the damage is passed along to future generations. Enough is ENOUGH!!!
This barely even touches on the knock-on effects of the spraying. Even more than the human-specific health effects, what do we know about the environmental effects? Pollinators are not the only worthwhile kinds of insects, and not all pollinators work during the day. Everyone is so worried about the honeybees, but honeybees aren’t even native to North America. Worry more about the insects that aren’t famous.
Even if you could guarantee that it only kills mosquitoes, I haven’t been satisfied that mosquitoes aren’t ecologically-important. I know at least that they’re a major food source of dragonflies and damselflies.
The simple fact is that these are substances that are designed to kill insects. If you spray them out of a plane, you’re going to kills millions of insects, and 99% of them are going to be something other than mosquitoes. It’s an ecological catastrophe. Tell people to start taking responsibility for avoiding mosquitoes if they’re so worried about mosquito diseases. You can’t say “tens of thousands of people didn’t object,” because 10s of 1000s of people don’t have the understanding of the environment that elected officials should have if they’re going to be making decisions like this for others.
While the American Mosquito Control Association may indeed be a “non-profit”, its members are not: they make (and profit from) all sorts of poisons.
Near my community, spraying for mosquitos is usually a yearly thing. However, often the spraying is done over the nearby Flushing Meadow Park (home to the 1939 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs — not over our HOUSES. Assuming the accompanying photo is of the area in question (I understand it may not), then given the general wind direction (hopefully AWAY from people), they can spray the FOREST AREA and AVOID THE neighborhood on a given evening (when spraying is usually done around here).
I believe, people want a quick fix for the nuisance of the mosquitos and are using the health concerns of the public as the reasons for doing it. Today, most people want an instant fix. Spraying mosquitos has become a massive money maker for businesses (lawn services, mosquito joe type services, They are spraying everything in their path, and by using scare tactics they are encouraging most to participate in “supposedly keeping people safer”. Now, we face these toxic poisons everywhere, not just in the rural sectors where insecticides were put on crops but now even in urban corridors in almost every backyard. One must wonder how this is effecting all other parts of the ecosystem. Those poisons are getting into our air, water, soil, runoff, birds, bats and all animals who eat insects are slowly being poisoned. I have already seen numbers of insects and birds dwindle in my small area I live in. It is happening across the world by more than just spraying. Our environment is being attacked by the all mighty dollar. Mark my word, this will not be going away and we must understand we have to be aware of the poisons we use because they affect us all, humans, plantlife, wildlife and insects. Wake up everybody because we (humans) are our own worst enemy.