Letter: Mosquito spraying only when necessary


To the editor:

I am very concerned about spraying chemicals to kill mosquitoes. I am just so worried that these chemicals enter the environment and harm many more species than mosquitoes.

According to the National Geographic, mosquitoes "are a reliable source of food for thousands of animals, including birds, bats, dragonflies, and frogs. In addition, humans are actually not the first choice for most mosquitoes looking for a meal. They usually prefer horses, cattle, and birds."

All insects are in serious decline, and the use of pesticides is a major culprit. This is a very grave concern which needs to be weighed against the very slight possibility that some mosquitoes may carry diseases. We humans believe that all of nature needs to conform to our needs. This attitude is destroying the Earth.

I urge the Board of Health to reconsider changing the language and leaving measures in place which prevent pre-emptive spraying and only spray when actual illness-carrying mosquitoes have been identified.

Anne Legene,

Great Barrington



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