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Residents Applaud Town's Decision to Spray

Portsmouth residents say they're happy with the decision to spray for mosquitoes.

Anyone who's gone for an evening run, walked the dog or gone for a bike ride this summer knows one thing — don't leave the house without bug spray. 

this summer more than the island's rabbits and coyotes (if that's possible). 

On Tuesday, the town announced they would . Residents, who have been (pardon the pun) itching for a solution, rejoiced on Portsmouth Patch's Facebook page

Brianna Philbrook: Soo excited! I only wish it was sooner.

Tanja Lazar: Wow finally. It's only the end of summer.

Jane Wolk Wheeler: Wish they'd done it 6 weeks ago! I am less worried about the pesticide chemicals at this point than the potential mosquito borne diseases not to mention the amount of repellent my kids and I have ingested spraying ourselves just to get out to to mow or pick the vegetables in the garden! I'll wait longer than 20 minutes, though to open up the windows again.

Karen Gauthier Ferris: So glad. I'm on Water St and hope the spraying works here too no matter what time I go outside the Mosquitos are attacking!!

What do you think about the decision to spray for mosquitoes? Will this work? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below! 

Craig August 22, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Just as others have comments, the toxic chemicals being sprayed are far worse than the virus. The sheeple are as always asleep at the wheel. Wake up to what's going on around you and start addressing real issues. Toxic spraying, chem trail spraying with Aluminum, Strontium and other chemicals should be your concern. Its called a slow kill that progressively over time destroys your immune system. There are other natural ways to defend against the virus. http://www.naturalnews.com/036877_aerial_spraying_West_Nile_virus_chemicals.html
Robert E August 22, 2012 at 03:58 PM
It's good news for those of us that have neighbours who keep honey bees. My neighbour has a hive less then 5 feet from the property line and I cant even cut the grass without being attacked. I am ready to spry the bees myself.
Scott Pak August 23, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Those that do not want the spraying can you please come and mow my lawn for me? Robert E. 1st comment=gold!
Sanne Kure-Jensen August 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Thanks Craig for your link. Here are some key elements from that piece: "Aerial mosquito spraying ineffective, unsafe According to research compiled by the group Stop West Nile Virus Spraying Now (http://www.stopwestnilesprayingnow.org/), aerial spraying endeavors are not even effective at preventing the transmission of WNv. Dr. Wallace LeStourgeon, a molecular biologist from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, says there is no evidence to show that aerial sprayings legitimately fight West Nile Virus (http://www.stopwestnilesprayingnow.org/Evidence.htm). Contrary to the reassurances of public officials, there is also no evidence that aerial spraying chemicals are safe for humans. ...EPA shows that pyrethrin chemicals can cause severe reactions in many people, and may be responsible for injuring and killing far more people than they theoretically save from dying of WNv. "...spraying is ineffective for WNv," says a recent report by California Progress Report. "... WNv transmission [control needs]: 1) early, sufficient treatment for mosquito larvae is the key to control; 2) treatment aimed at adults later in the season cannot possibly eradicate the virus." "
the1 August 24, 2012 at 01:04 PM
how about the town does something about my slob of a neighbor who has crap (buckets, old planters, blow up pool toys/floaties) sitting all over his back yard, surely breeding grounds for mosquitos, along with an illegal pool with a tarp cover that sits for days with water collecting on top of it. Sometimes common sense is needed by everyone too. I mean sometimes its like leaving your garbage cans out uncovered and then complaining that you have skunks in your yard....

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