Mosquito Mist Systems
Recent Question from a Listener
Question: My joy is in the backyard from observing the first signs of spring with the daffodils and Lenten roses popping up to the emergence of all the wonderful insects and of course the birds playing in our bird bath. Last spring my yard was bustling with life of dragonflies, butterflies, bees and wasps along with many birds that feed on the flying insects. Ever since my neighbor installed a mosquito spray system along their back fence, all flying insects have come to a halt with the exception of some flies and a few mosquitoes. The variety and numbers of birds have also declined. Admittedly, the mosquitoes are less than they were, but all the other flying insects are gone. I have a vegetable garden with flowering herbs of all kinds that attract bees. This is a large lot ĺ acres with lots of landscaping, but no bees! Do you have any suggestions to counter the mist system? Could there be another culprit? C.S., Dallas
Answer: You are correct. The destruction of the natural life in the garden is just one, but one of the important negative aspects of the pyrethrum misting systems. I have no suggestion on how to neutralize the toxic chemical other than get the system shut down. I donít accept pyrethrum as a safe organic product at all, and I have personally tried all the true organic ingredient substitutions. The end result is that I removed my system.
Most of the systems use synthetic pyrethroids or natural pyrethrum (pyrethrins). Both are toxic and I strongly oppose the use of both. These products are toxic to birds, frogs, lizards, cats, dogs and you. Yes, pyrethrum is natural - so are arsenic, hemlock and ricin.
Garlic, (dry and liquid) as explained in a past newsletter (see archives), works better and is non-toxic. If people are still trying to push these unacceptable products on you, here's some new research and information that might help you make the right choice.
Pesticide-Induced Diseases Database
The common diseases affecting the publicís health are too well-known in the 21st century: asthma, autism and learning disabilities, birth defects and reproductive dysfunction, diabetes, Parkinsonís and Alzheimerís diseases, and several types of cancer. Their connection to pesticide exposure continues to strengthen despite efforts to restrict individual chemical exposure, or mitigate chemical risks, using risk assessment-based policy.
The Pesticide-Induced Diseases Database, launched by Beyond Pesticides, facilitates access to epidemiologic and laboratory studies based on real world exposure scenarios that link public health effects to pesticides. The scientific literature documents elevated rates of chronic diseases among people exposed to pesticides, with increasing numbers of studies associated with both specific illnesses and a range of illnesses.
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