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Read All About It (What Scientists Say)

Examples of Safe Mosquito Control Programs

WE WERE SUCCESSFUL IN CREATING POLICY CHANGE IN MOSQUITO MANAGEMENT! WHAT IS NEXT?

No Spray Nashville is a group of local citizens and scientists who support responsible pest management and disease prevention by following scientific protocol and Integrated Pest Management. We formed in 2003 when the Nashville Metro Public Health Department began mass spraying pesticides in our neighborhoods. At the time, spray truck drivers were spraying pedestrians and staff members were violating federal law by saying the pesticide was "safe." The department followed little to no scientific protocol and frequently did not use the most effective and least toxic forms of mosquito control first. We have been successful in changing many of these problems.

The last time the Metro Public Health Department mass sprayed Nashville neighborhoods for mosquitoes was in 2008. We used the department's own data from 2008 to convince the director of health to make changes. Read about it. (Click here.)

SO, WHAT IS NEXT? We will continue to track what actions the department takes to manage mosquitoes when populations are high or disease is present. We are working to reduce pesticide use or improve policies in schools, parks, and government agencies. We will continue to work on education and outreach to citizens.

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Spiders (including brown recluse)

Improving School Policies - Make sure your child's school or day care has a good integrated pest management policy and follows it.




EXCELLENT TIPS FOR MOSQUITO CONTROL

We highly recommend that citizens take advantage of the most effective and economic form of mosquito control (source: the Center for Disease Control) - go outside, look for, and dump standing water. See our Neighborhood Flyer for a number of excellent mosquito control tips. Share our flyer with your neighbors. Remember - a mosquito that cannot hatch cannot bite!



BEWARE OF EXTERMINATING COMPANIES MAKING PROMISES OF "MOSQUITO-FREE" OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTS

There are some new local franchises (like Mosquito Squad and BuzzOff) that will come spray your yard every 21 days or install a misting system. Any company that makes mosquito-free claims is looking to make money on people's fears. Not only will it hurt your pocket book, it is a risk to your health and the environment. If your backyard is full of mosquitoes, you have a breeding ground close by. Does it make sense to use poison over and over or eliminate the source of the problem and use personal protection? See our Neighborhood Flyer link (above) to learn about safe and effective mosquito control. Knowledge is power!

JUDGE RULES METRO SPRAY TRUCK DRIVER BREACHED HIS DUTY AND WAS NEGLIGENT IN PEDESTRIAN SPRAYING INCIDENT. Metro must pay for the man's emergency room visits. Click here for article!

LEARN FROM THE PAST - VOW TO NEVER LET OUR HEALTH DEPARTMENT VIOLATE OUR TRUST AND OUR HEALTH AGAIN
From 2003-2008, Nashville's Metro Public Health Department violated federal law, sprayed pedestrians with pesticides, failed to follow their own policies, and constantly failed to use common sense protocols when trying to manage mosquitoes. Click here to learn more about these violations.

LEARN THE FACTS ABOUT human WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV):
1. About 80% have no symptoms, 20% have mild symtpoms (a fever), less than 1 in 150 have serious symptoms. (Source: CDC)

2. Read about immunity to West NIle virus. (Source: CDC) Health officials in the east say human transmission is less common partly due to the fact that many have had WNv and have immunity.

3. There is no scientific evidence that shows spraying reduces human transmission.

4. If you want to protect yourself from mosquitoes and West Nile virus, your best bet is to find and dump standing water and wear repellent.


WHAT IS THE RISK OF GETTING WEST NILE VIRUS IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE AND DOES SPRAYING HELP? See how many human cases of West Nile virus Middle Tennessee has had since 2002.

NO SPRAY DOES NOT MEAN NO MOSQUITO CONTROL!
Cities that elected to use safer methods of mosquito control have controlled mosquitoes and West Nile virus as well as those that have sprayed. (See our comparative analysis.) So, if there are less toxic and less costly methods available that are equally as effective, why do cities still mass spray neighborhoods with pesticide?

No Spray Nashville worked for six years to bring RESPONSIBLE MOSQUITO CONTROL to Nashville!
Learn about local scientists who spoke out.

Risks: West Nile versus Pesticide Use
Why other cities have chosen not to spray
Non-toxic, effective ways to get mosquitoes to quit bugging you
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