Mosquito Control in St. Tammany Parish - Louisiana

A mosquito that cannot hatch is a mosquito that cannot bite. If the parish government is spraying, it means they failed to keep mosquitoes from hatching and thus put us all at risk - either from a mosquito bite or from toxic chemicals.

Current News

~ St. Tammany to buy $3 million mosquito abatement plane
~ St. Tammany Parish's longtime mosquito control director to retire

Mosquito plane crash

~ Mosquito plane rolled before crashing in Slidell,killing 2
~ Safety Board: aviation accident preliminary information

Plans for Special Election
To Be Held 12/10/16
Mosquito Abatement Estimated Taxes $8,189,600 For Entire Year
Parish Council Resolution No: C-4612

Check It Out

~ Zika Spraying Enriches Chemical Companies While Endangering Public Health
~ Gov. Scott's undisclosed interest - via First Lady - in Zika mosquito control company (Note: company located in Metairie, Louisiana)
~ Zika: Brazil Admits It's Not the Virus

Health Effects Of Pesticides Used For Mosquito Control

~ Beyond Pesticides: Tools for Change
~ Beyond Pesticides: Mosquito Management and Insect-Borne Diseases
~ Beyond Pesticides: What to Do in a Pesticide Emergency

Louisiana Pesticide Programs

~ Department of Health Pesticide Surveillance Program
~ Pesticide & Environmental Programs, Department of Agriculture and Forestry

A Must Read!
The Doors of Perception: Why Americans Will Believe Almost Anything

Result of Spin

Voters approve mosquito district funding for more spraying

Children, seniors get free DEET

1,200 bats flushed from Slidell gym during basketball game - taken out of state

Sports-loving bats back at Slidell High game - 200 bats killed

What You Need to Know About DEET

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Healthy Wetlands Devour Mosquitoes

SURPRISE...Contrary to popular belief, healthy, functioning wetlands can actually reduce mosquito populations.

BUT EVERYBODY SAYS...Mosquito control programs commonly recommend that wetlands be drained in order to control mosquitoes. This is because mosquitoes require standing water to breed, and if there is no standing water, there will be no mosquitoes. Quite true. However, mosquitoes have a very short life cycle (from 4 days to a month), and their eggs can remain dormant for more than a year, hatching when flooded with water. Therefore, even after a wetland has been drained, it may still hold enough water after a rain to breed mosquitoes. The drained area may actually produce more mosquitoes than it did when it was a wetland!

Management of Ponds, Wetlands, and Other Water Reservoirs to Minimize Mosquitoes

St. Tammany Destroys Wetlands

Study details habitat usage

Urbanization has swallowed up thousands of acres of habitat in St. Tammany and is leading to contamination of waterways, according to a University of New Orleans (UNO) report released by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.

Read the report: Urbanization Effects On Habitat Change In St. Tammany Parish, 1982 2000 (Report seems to have disappeared along with habitat)

Naled is used in aerial spraying
See: What You Need To Know About NALED (Dibrom)

Scourge is used in ground spraying

Scourge All products containing resmethrin for mosquito or other pest control at aquatic sites are classified as Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP) by the EPA because resmethrin is toxic to fish.
Piperonyl butoxide, or PBO as it is most often called, is a pesticide synergist. A synergist is another chemical that is added to a pesticide product, in addition to the active and inert ingredients, to increase the potency of the active ingredient. While the increased potency make the pesticides more deadly to their targets, synergists may also compromise the detoxifying mechanisms of non-target species, including humans.

Federal law prohibits claims that pesticides are "safe" even when used according to the label - pesticides are poisons!

Stop the "Pesticide Conspiracy"!

Members of the incredibly lucrative pesticide industry, their cronies in the United States Department of Agriculture, their bought-and-paid-for entomologists and toxicologists, and the men and women at the bottom of the insecticide pyramid - who make their living promoting the broadcast use of pesticides . . . none of these people liked Dr. Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring, one bit. It is likely that they will be even more disturbed by what Robert van den Bosch has to say here and in his book, The Pesticide Conspiracy . . . because Van exposes the fact long known to insiders in the pest control business that the indiscriminate use of such chemical insecticides is a disaster for all but those who sell and promote them.

Meet St. Tammany's Pesticide Salesmen

11/12/16 - Parish Councilman Steve Stefancik, who has been championing the agency, said that if the tax isn't renewed, mosquito spraying will stop in St. Tammany at a time when the Zika virus is a public health concern. Read: Tammany voters to decide on tax renewals for sheriff, mosquito control and others (Note: Mosquito control currently has a 21.3 million dollar surplus)

3/28/05 - So when you hear the district trucks coming down your street or their planes flying overhead dispensing their mosquito killing spray you have, according to the district, nothing to fear. Read more

11/10/04 - There's no break from mosquito season in St. Tammany Parish, said Palmisano. The agency budgeted $4.1 million this year alone to combat mosquitos and West Nile in St. Tammany.

Throughout the year, Palmisano and Taylor said any number of the agency's 17 trucks drive through neighborhoods weekly, spraying the people-safe pesticide, Scurge (Scourge), to kill mosquitos. When needed, two planes also drop a heavier pesticide that won't blow away. Read more

3/2/04 - The district will soon begin to spray "ultra low volumes" of pesticides on the ground and in the air to target adult mosquitos. All materials used by the district are approved and labeled by the Environmental Protection Agency. The district reports that the chemicals it uses do not pose any threat to humans or animals when used according to labeled directions. Read more

4/22/02 - When used correctly, a good percentage of the pesticides used are biologically derived and EPA approved with no threat to humans or wildlife, (Vicki) Taylor said.

"We've run tests on every type of mosquito product out there, even garlic, but they just aren't as effective," she said. "This poses no threat to humans or wildlife." Read more

6/28/01 - St. Tammany Mosquito Abatement District's spraying records indicate that in 2000, 48 applications of naled were made at concentrations of 0.07 pounds per acre. The safety of these higher levels of application have not been examined by the EPA. Naled is a pesticide which interferes with the activities of an enzyme that is essential for proper working of the nervous systems of both humans and insects. Potential harmful effects to wildlife have been documented in a number of studies. These include moderate to high toxicity in ducks and geese, and toxicity to most types of aquatic lifes such as bluegill and the aptly-named mosquito fish, which feeds on mosquito larvae. An additional environmental hazard indicated by EPA for naled is that runoff from treated areas may be hazardous to aquatic organisms in neighboring areas. Read more

6/25/01 - The material in question is naled, and according to Director of Mosquito Abatement Chuck Palmisano, naled has been used by local mosquito abatement agencies for the past 30 years. "We have documentation from the EPA concluding this substance to be safe," said Palmisano. Read more

3/20/97 - For now the best defense is pesticides. The one used by the abatement district is Resmethmrin. It is a synthetic pyrethroid, which is a man-made derivative of a naturally occurring plant defense. "We wouldn't advise anybody to come into direct contact with it," Palmisano said. "But the health risk is extremely minimal. Casual contact is no problem." Read more

What You Can Do

For starters: You can ask St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Control for a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and Label on the chemical product being used for ground and aerial spraying. You can insist that MSDS and Labels on the chemical products used be placed on its website. You can request to be notified in advance of spraying so you can protect yourself from direct exposure or so you can leave the area to be sprayed. You can insist that a schedule for spraying be placed on its website; advance notice be placed in local newspapers and on public and cable TV; and a Reverse 911 System be used for pre-notification of pesticide spraying. You can request to opt-out of the spraying program. You can insist an opt-out form be placed on its website. (Note: Links to MSDS and Labels do not even work! See: Mosquito control site)

Next: You can insist your public officials examine and explain why less toxic means of pest control are not being employed. Contact Parish President Pat Brister and/or your local council member. You can request an ordinance to not spray pesticides for mosquitoes and/or West Nile, Chikungunya, Dengue or Zika virus be adopted similar to the one adopted by Lyndhurst, Ohio. See: St. Tammany Parish's response plan.

Last resort: You can remember their response next time you are in the voting booth.

Further: You can ask the news media and reporters to discontinue misinforming the public by merely turning press releases from mosquito control (in some cases, merely a front for the chemical industry) into front page stories. You can ask reporters to educate themselves on "all" the issues pertaining to mosquito control and to report their findings accordingly, especially rising asthma, allergies and cancer rates in the community.

Get Involved You can speak out on these important issues by writing a Letter to the Editor.

Truth is not what is; truth is what people perceive it to be. ~Adolf Hitler

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