No spraying without any warnings


To the editor:

It’s 2:30 a.m., and I hear a buzzing sound that is familiar coming from a vehicle.

I run to the window to see a vehicle with lights followed by another vehicle with lights spraying a poison aerosol on West 259th Street. My eyes begin to sting seconds later.

Unlike in years past, we were given no prior warning via megaphone or street signage to close our windows. My husband and I ran frantically through our house to close windows on this very warm night.

Too late. It has seeped into our house.

This is outrageous! Who is responsible for this?

I have an organic garden, and was given no lead time to prepare to cover it.

I feel it in my throat. They make a second pass at 3:30 a.m.

The public needs to be warned in advance of spray for West Nile mosquito control.

Debbi Dolan

EDITOR’S NOTE: The city stepped up pesticide spraying to kill adult mosquitoes after three new cases of West Nile virus were reported here. The city’s health department says that while these pesticides are safe for humans and pets, some people may experience short-term eye or throat irritation, or may develop a rash.

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Debbi Dolan,