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Aerial Spraying Against Mosquitoes To Start

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, July 12, 2010
More than 40 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus this year.

“That’s what prompted us to make the decision to go ahead and conduct the spraying.”

Luz Maria Rodriguez is with the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. She says the spraying will cover about 37,000 acres of South Sacramento with an insecticide called Evergreen 60-6.

“It’s registered for use in mosquito control with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. There’s no specific precautions that people need to take.”

She says the chemical poses no risk to humans since they less than an ounce is used per acre. But pesticide opponents say spraying isn’t the answer.

“Mosquito vector control officials need to take their fingers off the pesticide trigger.”

Paul Towers is director of Pesticide Watch Education Fund. He says the vector control district should concentrate on non-toxic alternatives.

“It has the opportunity to invest its resources in prevention rather than reaction.”

Rodriguez say the district has invested in prevention with its “Fight the Bite” campaign…but she says spraying is the most effective way to curb high West Nile virus infection rates. The spraying is scheduled to end Wednesday at midnight.
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