Integrated Mosquito Control for Berthoud
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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 Dept. of Public 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 Department of Public Health in Larimer 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 Department of Public Health.
The city of Denver and city of Boulder have employed a Larvicide and Education policy successfully for decades.
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 Department of Public Health in Larimer County.
- Mayor, Town of Berthoud
We are requesting that the Town of Berthoud repeal Resolution 16-15 and the associated mosquito control policy and replace it with a new resolution emphasizing a strong larvicide program combined with public education about self-protection and source reduction on private property. We request that the town rely on adulticide spraying by Larimer County Department of Public Health only in emergency conditions. We hereby request that the new policy:
1) Keep the larvicide to 3/4 of a mile buffer around the town
2) Test traps in town for WNV infected mosquitos
3) When the Vector Index hits 0.75 in any one trap in the town spray ONLY that zone ONE time only
4) Honor shut-off requests
5) Make education the #1 strategy and outline it in detail in the policy
6) Give 72-hour notice to the population and improve the notification process
7) The Town Board should have a say in what happens if a VI of 0.75 is reached
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