September 10, 2002

Wayne Fisher, Pilot
St. Tammany Parish
Mosquito Abatement District 2
P.O. Box 696
Slidell, LA 70459

Fax: 985 649-7325

Dear Mr. Fisher:

Earlier this year, Chuck Palmisano agreed to avoid aerial applications of Naled over my property with a buffer of approximately 500 feet. Palmisano agreed to this in consideration of my listing on the "Registry of Pesticide Hypersensitive Individuals", which takes a physician to place an individual on the list. However, this evening you aerial sprayed directly over my property without giving any prior notification.

Furthermore, Palmisano agreed to giving a 24-hour advance notification by telephone and/or email should he deem it necessary under certain circumstances to spray over my property for public health concerns. I've never received a 24-hour advance notification from you since I was placed on the registry list in 1997. I'm the only individual living in St. Tammany Parish on the list.

Prior to tonight's incident, you aerial sprayed on August 20, 2002, directly next to my property within 500 feet. You gave no advance notification. Earlier the same day, my letter to the editor was published in the Slidell Sentry News.

Before this, you phoned on August 9, 2002, (exactly one hour after the airing on Channel WWL4TV of my interview about precautionary measures to take to minimize exposure to dangerous pesticides in mosquito control), threatening to spray directly over my property. You gave reasons that my neighbors needed it (I have no neighbors) and people are dying from West NIle virus (I can die from exposure to aerial spraying). About an hour after our phone conversation, you heavily sprayed on both sides of my property.

Last year, an inspector from your office made an on-site investigation into the drainage problems caused by the Oak Harbor PUD of 1988. This condition surrounding my property is a health hazard that has been documented at I suggest that you visit the site.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the state's Fight the BIte campaign say that source reduction is the most effective method to control mosquitoes. The CDC also says that spraying adulticides is usually the least efficient mosquito control technique. Based on this information and the facts in my case, I don't expect your plane to come near my property again.


Nancy Hirschfeld
1301 Howze Beach Road
Slidell, LA 70458-8503

  • OPH Environmental Health Services
  • Parish President Kevin Davis