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mosquito fogging: coming soon to a park near you

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    Mister MooCow
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    The Columbus Public Health website indicates that mosquito fogging will begin next week in various parks, along several bike paths, and in a few neighborhoods. Remember to keep your companion animals indoors and from eating/drinking contaminated items when your local haunts are fogged.

    They’ve nicely plotted their attacks and timetable on google maps.

    #211591

    The time is defined as ‘early morning.’ Does anyone know something more precise?

    I cycle in the ‘early morning’ and pass through places like Antrim Park.

    A.

    #211592

    Mister MooCow
    Participant

    Andrew Hall wrote The time is defined as ‘early morning.’ Does anyone know something more precise?

    According to the letter I received from CPH in response to my request to have my home exempted from dousing:

    “…to further minimize citizen exposure to insecticide, all residential truck mounted ULV fogging will occur between 4:00 am and sunrise on weekdays.”

    I’m not sure if bike trails are “residential”, though; I’d call/email Aaron Messer (the “Public Health Veterinarian/Registered Sanitarian” who signed the letter I received and who invited further questions) to find out: [email protected], +1 614 645 6748.

    moo!

    #211593

    Interesting how they seem to have all of the OSU campus marked for fogging. Do they consider college kids on the same level as mosquitoes? I’ll leave it up to some of the OSU professors on the boards to comment on that assessment. :twisted:

    #211594

    Bear
    Participant

    briggszj wrote Interesting how they seem to have all of the OSU campus marked for fogging. Do they consider college kids on the same level as mosquitoes? I’ll leave it up to some of the OSU professors on the boards to comment on that assessment. :twisted:

    College students are demonstrably more resistant to toxins. Especially the kind that come in kegs.

    #211595

    Daz
    Participant

    I’m wondering how I can get them to stop by my back yard. Ugh. Swarms of the little blood sucking bastards.

    #211596

    Matthew
    Participant

    Thank God for this fogging. We routinely play frisbee in the park until late, and the skeeters are awful this year. Last week they were so bad two of us were bleeding in spots.

    #211597

    CaD
    Member

    Mister MooCow wrote

    According to the letter I received from CPH in response to my request to have my home exempted from dousing

    so you are pro-mosquitos?

    #211598

    joev
    Participant

    Daz wrote I’m wondering how I can get them to stop by my back yard. Ugh. Swarms of the little blood sucking bastards.

    Seriously – If my wife and I don’t have West Nile by now, people have got to TRY HARD to get it.

    #211599

    Daz
    Participant

    joev wrote

    Daz wrote I’m wondering how I can get them to stop by my back yard. Ugh. Swarms of the little blood sucking bastards.

    Seriously – If my wife and I don’t have West Nile by now, people have got to TRY HARD to get it.

    I’ve been instructed to get like 3-4 bird feeders. I might have to do it. One hour of yard work = 2 days of itching.

    #211600

    I honestly wondered if they hadn’t already treated Schiller Park, because of all the standing water there. I kept smelling an odor there that could only be described as “Raid-like” when walking through the park last week; that nasty, sickly faux-flower smell.

    #211601

    Mercurius
    Participant

    They really aren’t that bad

    The Columbus Public Health Department will be “fogging” again this year; if you’d rather not be doused (or rather not have your garden and pets doused), you can opt-out by sending your printed name, address, phone number, and your signature to

    Columbus Public Health

    240 Parsons Ave

    Columbus, OH 43215-5331

    NB: your request has to be postmarked by June 14, 2008.

    You can call 645-2483 (BITE) for more information or visit http://www.publichealth.columb…ms_109.asp

    and http://ohio.sierraclub.org/cen…squito.asp

    I opted out. I like the animals that eat the mosquitos and west nile is a bit of a joke as long as your not avian. Plus, I might be able to eat the lettuce and tomatos out of my garden.

    #211602

    Mister MooCow
    Participant

    Mercurius wrote They really aren’t that bad

    Indeed, indeed. And if folks would take some common-sense precautions, they’d be even less noticeable.

    Mercurius wrote

    I opted out. I like the animals that eat the mosquitos and west nile is a bit of a joke as long as your not avian.

    That’s the great paradox and why spraying is the “nasal spray” of mosquito control. The spraying actually KILLS many of the more significant predators that naturally control the mosquitos– dragonflies. So, you get some temporary relief from some annoying bites while the population declines a bit, then they come back even stronger than before since the environment is now devoid of dragonflies. Then you have to spray even more, etc. It’s a vicious (and poisonous) cycle.

    So, wear long sleeves if you’re going to be out at peak feeding times or grab some neem-based repellent and slather it on.

    #211603

    Mister MooCow
    Participant

    Mercurius wrote

    The Columbus Public Health Department will be “fogging” again this year; if you’d rather not be doused (or rather not have your garden and pets doused), you can opt-out by sending your printed name, address, phone number, and your signature to

    Columbus Public Health

    240 Parsons Ave

    Columbus, OH 43215-5331

    NB: your request has to be postmarked by June 14, 2008.

    I opted out.

    Apparently the June 14th deadline was for written requests. I’ve heard that you can still opt-out by calling 311 (or 645-2489 from your VoIP or non-participating cell phone).

    #211604

    catnfiddle
    Participant

    If you keep yourself on a steady ration of gin and tonics, the quinine might be enough to ward off every mosquito in Central Ohio. :wink:

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