2008-08-08 / Letters

Warning! Pesticides Kill More Than Mosquitoes

Dear Editor,

Lying in bed when suddenly I hear a warning "Warning, we are spraying pesticides to decrease the risk of West Nile virus. For your safety please go indoors until we have passed." I get up to close the window when I notice a young mother with her infant walking down the street. I think to myself, she will never make it indoors in time. I watched as the sprayers drove slowly down the block. I hope that these two are OK. Do environmentalists realize that these pesticides destroy more than just mosquitoes? I was just discussing this matter the other day with a friend. I used to be able to catch a million lightning bugs and place them in a bottle for hours until we released them. On that particular evening we only noticed 2-3 flying around. The disks placed in mosquito breeding waters is a much better intervention for the major mosquito issue that the Rockaway Peninsula is currently suffering. Airborne treatments have a greater negative health impact to the community as well as other forms of life surrounding us. Please take this note into consideration when planning further treatments.

EVELYN MARTELL R.N. MSN

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