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.
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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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