Category Archives: Pesticides

Seeking your feedback on aerial spray impacts

Do you live in the aerial spray zone in Dallas County?  If so, a survey form has been developed to get your feedback on the impact of aerial spraying on the wildlife in your back yard. We are asking only those people in the AERIAL spray zone to participate in the survey (Please do not complete the survey if your neighborhood received only ground applications for mosquito control–we’re focusing only on aerial treatment zones).  Here’s how it works. You can use this Dallas County Aerial Mosquito Spraying Daily Data… Read More →

FAQs about aerial spraying for West Nile virus mosquitoes

In the summer of 2012 aerial mosquito spraying services were offered to Dallas area communities.  The decision was made in response to the threat of record numbers of West Nile virus (WNV) cases in the north Texas area in that year.  As with any important decision, there were differing opinions on what should be done to battle mosquito borne disease outbreaks.  Because of concerns about aerial applications of insecticides over urban areas, I thought it might be useful to address some of the common questions from a science, applied entomology and… Read More →

West Nile Virus: Sooner than Later

The tiny buzz bombers are back. Mosquitoes are in full swing in Texas and are bringing the West Nile Virus with them. One of the first signs of the virus this year occurred in Plano, Texas (zip code 75074, northeast of the cross-section of SH-75 and President George Bush Turnpike). According to Scott Andrews of the City of Plano Environmental Health Department, “The confirmation came last Monday (June 19th) from samples we trapped and sent to the State Health Department. We sprayed the area for mosquitoes last Friday night… Read More →

Pesticides and pests in Texas schools

A recent bill introduced into the Texas State Senate would do away with regulations passed 20 years ago to restrict pesticide use and improve the standard for pest control in public schools.  The bill, introduced under the premise that it would reduce costs to school districts, got its first public hearing this week.  A story published this week in the Texas Tribune summarizes the issue. If you’ve never given much thought to pest control as it relates to your children’s school, you’re not alone.  Most of us take… Read More →

It ain’t easy being green

A news item caught my eye today.  In the story from Science Daily, University of Guelph researchers Rebecca Hallett and Christine Bahlai compared the effectiveness and environmental impact of organic pesticides to those of conventional and novel reduced-risk synthetic products on soybean crops.  The result?  The two organic pesticides had a greater overall impact on the environment, including unintended mortality of beneficial insects. The point of the research is not to try to say organic pesticides are always inferior, or to strike a blow for conventional pesticides, but… Read More →