Louisiana Mosquitoes - Reducing the Risks in Mosquito Control

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New Investigation Shows Spraying Ineffective in Preventing Spread of West Nile

There Is No Such Thing as the West Nile Virus

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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Pesticide Wars: The Solution: Non-toxic Alternatives Exist -- If Public Demands Them

Safer Alternatives to Pesticides

What you need to know about NALED (Dibrom)

What you need to know about DEET

What you need to know about PESTICIDE DRIFT

Are mosquitoes in Louisiana RESISTANT

What you need to know about Pesticides and Louisiana

Why Other Communities Chose Not To Spray

Pesticides and Bug Wars

Mosquito Control - St. Tammany Parish

Just Say No To Pesticide Applications - Live Healthier Without Poisons

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Using pesticides to control West Nile virus also carries with it a public health risk.

In this time of emerging mosquito-borne diseases and of greater understanding of the negative impacts of pesticides, we are dealing with two public health issues. One is the threat of mosquito-borne diseases, such as West Nile virus, and the other is the wide scale exposure of the public to hazardous pesticides used to combat mosquito-borne threats.

While a highly visible spraying program gives the impression that "something is being done," spraying to kill adult mosquitoes is ineffective and may even increase mosquito populations.

The National Alliance for Informed Mosquito Management (AIMM) is a group of organizations and individuals working in their community to protect the public and the environment from unnecessary exposure to hazardous pesticides used in the attempt to control mosquito-borne diseases. By working with communities, experts, and public officials, the Alliance informs about the hazards of pesticides and calls for the adoption of safer, least-toxic methods of managing mosquitoes and the threats of mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus.

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Despite what many government agencies and corporations tell you, pesticide products currently on the market are not safe. There are a multitude of flaws in the way that pesticides are registered and in our political process that allows corporations to influence pesticide policy to allow the continued use of their poisonous products.

It's important to understand
The Myth of Safety - A Failed Regulatory System.

EPA is not a consumer product safety agency. EPA registers a pesticide product because the manufacturer says the product can do such and such. There's no guarantee of safety.

Pesticide RegistrationNo Guarantee of Safety
or click here http://www.pesticide.org/EPARegis.pdf .

Pesticides pose a greater risk to children than to adults. Alternatives have already been shown to work and they should be used more widely. Louisiana can do better than the current mosquito control policies and practices.

PANNA: Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.) is a live microorganism that kills certain insects and is used to kill unwanted insects in forests, agriculture, and urban areas.
Biocontrol Network - Bacillus thuringiensis israeliensis Mosquitoes No More! Use These Safe Solutions

"It's politics and not science"
County tells South Cook to cooperate on mosquito fight
EPA says mosquito spray safe
Liem The Mosquito Man at center of controversy

A 'corrupt' state health department caves to industry, an ex-official says
Pesticide watchdog called ag lap dog

Other Resources and Articles:

Public Panic over West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus - A Manufactured Crisis
Great Spray Debate
Pesticides, NOT West Nile Virus, are the Leading Cause of Bird Deaths
USGS Researchers: West Nile Moves Bird-to-Bird in Lab
Cases of Adverse Events of the WNV Vaccine

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