|Re: Letters: Aerial Spraying is Less Risky|
Poster: Anonymous Posted: 2012/8/25 9:48:45
There are things that citizens can do to minimize getting bitten by mosquitoes. They were laid out by the City of Lewisville and the CDC. jbcglc has pointed out that they work. Use common sense and have a modicum of personal responsibility, that's all it takes. Check around your house, business, and elsewhere for standing water and do something about it. Don't go out when mosquitoes are swarming [dusk and dawn]. Wear protective clothing and a spray or lotion with DEET in it. There are so many things that can be done without aerial spraying. Also, Dr. McDearmont, I don't believe that anyone said that Dr. Burton was making the aerial spraying recommendation lightly. Some of us are apparently concerned about the aftermath of the spraying because we have seen the aftermath of decisions like this in the past. If you want a very clear example, read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. It's an oldie but a goodie and is partially responsible for the banning of DDT, another chemical that I'm sure that the risk benefit analysis or cost benefit analysis backed up for years.