Sign Our Petition to Let the Town of Berthoud know

I would like to invite you to sign a petition to be submitted to the Town Board of Berthoud regarding the issue of mosquito spraying.

Sign the petition! 

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Last August, the Town of Berthoud conducted an “Emergency Spraying” of pesticides over the entire town.  Unfortunately, it was not an emergency and toxic chemicals were sprayed putting at risk the environment, beneficial insects, animals and human health.

Additionally, shut-offs to chemically sensitive people were not honored and inadequate notice was provided to the citizens of Berthoud.   This decision compromised the risk of chemical exposure to our health (people were told to stay indoors during the spraying for at least 4 hours) and to our organic gardens (some people were out of town or unaware of the spray).  The spraying was triggered by a vague and poorly written resolution that was passed in 2015.

We believe the board has taken steps in the right direction.  During the March 28th Town Board meeting, a ¾ mile larvicide application perimeter around town was adopted to strengthen source reduction.  Larvicide is one of two of the strongest methods to get rid of diseased mosquitoes (the second is education) as noted by the Larimer County Department of Health and Colorado Mosquito Control.

Larvicide prevents mosquitoes from hatching by putting a naturally occurring bacterium in water areas where mosquitoes are known to breed.  This superior method strongly prevents the emergence of adult mosquitoes and WNV in our community.  Larviciding has successfully worked for 5 years here in Berthoud with only .001% of people reporting WNV in the entire area of Berthoud.  Out of the these reported cases, it is uncertain if they even contracted WNV in Berthoud, another town or state.

The only time that the Larimer County Department of Health has issued an emergency was in 2003 at the onset of WNV.  Spraying pesticides should only occur under true emergency conditions as deemed by CDC or Larimer County Department of Health.

The cities of Denver and Boulder successfully employ a Larvicide and Education only policy stating environmental and health concerns caused by spraying

We are requesting that you sign this petition in support of a strong larvicide program combined with public education about self-protection and source reduction on private property.   We are also requesting that you sign this petition in support of spraying to be done only when an emergency condition is declared and conducted by the Larimer County Department of Health.

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Sign the petition! 

Topics to write or speak about

Here are some ideas to write or speak about:

Organic gardens
• I want to keep my gardens organic

Environmental concerns
• Concerns about the effect of insecticides on other (non-target) insects
• Concerned about hurting the dragonfly population
• Concerned about the bat population if we take away their food

Human and animal health
• I have chemical sensitivities
• I am concerned for my pets
• I am concerned about my children
• Effect on older adults
• Impact on respiratory issues

Resolution 15-16
• Poorly written
• Gives too much authority to the contractor
• Turns a recommendation in to an emergency
• Does not respect shut off requests
• Poor notification

Violation of property rights

What chemicals are they using
• Aqua-Kontrol 30-30
• Health effects of permethrin
• Health effects of Piperonyl butoxide
Health effects of Petroleum distillate

Ecological solutions
• Support our bat population
• Increase dragonfly population
• Enhance use of larvicide

Concerns for breeding grounds
• Old tires
• Over watering
• Agricultural areas

Or simply state, “I would like to add my name to the list of those who object to mosquito spraying in Berthoud.”

Protect Yourself From Mosquito Bites!

You can protect yourself and your neighbors from mosquito bites in two ways – through prevention and elimination of stagnant water where mosquitoes breed:

Prevention Tips

  • Limit activity outdoors at dusk and dawn
  • Wear protective clothing like pants and long sleeves when outdoors
  • Wear mosquito repellant containing lemon eucalyptus oil
  • For more information on insect repellents, visit EPA’s website

Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites

  • Frequently remove standing water from containers, tires, birdbaths, gutters and buckets around your home
  • Do not over water your yard, as it can create standing water in gutters and storm sewers
  • Properly maintain fountains and swimming pools to ensure circulation, or drain and cover if not in use

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

  • Install screens on windows and doors
  • Make sure roof gutters are not clogged and holding water
  • Incorporate xeriscape (non-watered landscaping) to further help reduce the number of mosquitoes in your neighborhood