Did you know that many Idaho counties spray a neurotoxic chemicals in populated areas for mosquito abatement?
Because of the fear of mosquito borne illnesses neighborhood fogging for adult mosquito control in Idaho may start in spring as nighttime temperatures permit. Your neighborhood may be subject to U.L.V. treatments. Just as the dinner dishes are cleared and the homework is complete, the family is ready to head out for some family time. Instead they at the window watching and waiting for the Mosquito Fogging truck its flashing yellow light and its leaf blower like sound coming to spray their neighborhood with Dibrom which uses an organophosphate neurotoxin called naled. (SEE ADA COUNTY MOSQUITO ABATEMENT WEBSITE) <pdf>
This neurotoxin is banned in many countries over concern for safety. Naled was made infamous in September 2016, when its use by a County in South Carolina, killed 3 million bees in the course of 2 hours. (see Common Sense Article by HFI staff) In high doses, naled will kill most anything with a central nervous system. Its been proven to build up in the system even with the small doses 'recommended' by the EPA and the CDC concerns over its long term toxicity haven't been throughly addressed.
Children are particularly vulnerable to pesticides. Physiologically they are less well equipped than adults to withstand pesticide exposure. Their skin is more permeable so the chemicals pass through more easily; they take in more air, water and food relative to their body weight; and their systems for dealing with toxins are less well developed and so less able to prevent damage.
On top of this, their behavior also puts them at greater risk. Crawling or playing in areas treated with pesticides, or putting contaminated objects in their mouths makes them more prone to exposure.
In spite of these well-known risks, pesticides are used in areas where children spend a lot of their time like parks, playgrounds and even schools. So with the safety of our children at stake the question becomes WHY SPRAY known toxins in our air, on our ground, on our growing foods and around our children.
As always, the answer is FEAR. And its name this time is the WEST NILE VIRUS.
Keep in mind, EIGHTY PERCENT of people will not even be aware they have the contracted the mosquito borne virus. TWENTY PERCENT will feel like they have a 'virus' and will fully recover.
Less than 1% of individuals with a known infection will have a serious reaction to West Nile.
In 2016 there have been 2 REPORTED CASES of West Nile Virus in Humans in Idaho both individuals recovered without any complications.
(see the CDC Report of West Nile Virus Neuroinvasive Disease Incidence by State – United States, 2016 (as of September 6, 2016)
FACT CHECK NALED pesticides (report found here)