To the editor of THE EAGLE:
The other day I spent some time watching the dragonflies, butterflies and bees enjoying our gardens which are planted with many native flowers, shrubs, and trees. Native plants are a symbiotic match to other native species because they have evolved together over thousands of years. Grown without harmful chemicals, a native garden is a safe place for a great many creatures of various sizes to live out all or part of their life cycle.
Except when this cycle is cut short by the mosquito control folks.
It does absolutely no good to ask that one’s property not be sprayed because of the wide distribution and drift of the chemicals. Calling or writing gives one a false sense that maybe there is something that can be done to prevent the poisoning of one’s home environment. In my opinion it is an exercise in futility.
Saturday there was a message on my phone that my area of Pittsfield will be sprayed yet again. In late August with our cool nights and stronger winds they’re going to spray for mosquitoes? Does anyone else think this is a bit unnecessary? Pittsfield paid $600,000 to be part of a five-year mosquito program. Spraying must be an easy way to finish spending the yearly allotment.
Once again my native garden with its fragile native species will be assaulted by the poisonous vapors of the mosquito control trucks. I’ll have to find some extra time to spend in the garden watching the butterflies, bees, and dragonflies before the spraying truck drives down my street.
PATRICIA M. PRITCHARD