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Pesticide Spraying for Mosquitoes, Weeds etc and Solutions
Like you, I want my kids and pet to be safe. However, this is the season for the spraying of toxic chemicals from a helicopter for mosquitoes, by neighbors in their yards, or on our street for weeds. These chemicals threaten my children's and our neighborhood's health. These chemicals are shown to be neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors ( tiny amounts can cause birth defects or miscarriage) and carcinogens.
Many consider these chemicals "safe" because they are approved by the EPA but that is not a scientifically sound assumption. Here's why:
The EPA has confirmed they do NOT approve the final formulation of chemical pesticides/larvacides/herbicides/fungicides. They only ask for long-term animal studies on ONE ingredient in the formulation, not all of them together as they are used. So NO ONE, not the applicator, our elected officials, Vector Control or EPA can accurately claim that they are safe. That claim is completely unfounded.
So before you buy Roundup and spray it near your front sidewalk, where pregnant women, kids, and pets will walk a minute later, before you agree with the spraying of larvicides from helicopters and drones over our neighborhood, and if you choose not to object to carcinogens being sprayed on our streets, please consider that it is up to us to protect our neighborhood. There ARE alternatives that can be used that are safe for us. The only downside is that the chemicals companies just won't make a profit.
For example BATS eat 600-1000 mosquitos per hour! Concerned about West Nile? Put up a bat house! See link: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/articl...
Buy one at Home Depot for example, click here.
Or make a bat house with your kids or Boy/Cub/Girl Scouts! http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/gardening/how-to-build-a-bat-house
Precut bat house here.
Weeds DIE when you pour white vinegar and boiling water on them! I have presented the city with a safe non-toxic STEAM weed control possibility Weed Technics as well. They KNOW they can use other methods besides poison. Weed wacking and hand pulling is always an option too.
Just so you know, Mission Viejo has STOPPED spraying glyphosate-based herbicides(Roundup/Rodeo) in our neighborhoods as per the request of concerned residents. They still are spraying on major roads/sidewalks, curbs (around drains to the ocean) such as Alicia. They are still spraying in our parks where our children play. We need more people to speak up and ask them to use alternatives. Please go to the Non Toxic Mission Viejo Facebook page if you want to get involved or just call the city council and make a request.
UPDATE: In August of 2018, school pesticide applicator Dwayne "Lee" Johnson, who is dying of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, was awarded 289.2 million dollars from Monsanto by a California Supreme Court jury. Monsanto was found guilty of acting with "malice and oppression," meaning they knew their glyphosate products could cause cancer and the company executives suppressed the information. As of 9月 2018, over 8,000 more Roundup users are filing lawsuits against Monsanto.
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Sad, disappointed and frustrated by this senseless and foolish way my neighbors farm I long for a better future.