The Vectus Biotool KitTM is being used
in Allegan Michigan for West Nile Virus vector management.
Not everyone is comfortable with massive
pesticide fogging of Mosquito adulticides for managing the vectors of the
West Nile Virus, or the severe dollars and cents and environmental costs.
Other diseases such as EEE and St. Louis Encephalitis are also of grave concern
here in West Michigan. This public health concern is especially true when
Michigan public officials, specifically the Michigan Department of Agriculture
and Michigan State University Extension act as pesticide marketing agents
and continue to fail to identify safer, more sustainable and affordable, biological
control alternatives. Then go on after years of formal complaints to factually
misrepresent EPA pesticide risk information as they have in the Federal "Stop
the spread Gypsy Moth program " here in Allegan County and elsewhere, and
more recently in Lapeer and Oakland County when promoting and endorsing the
use of adultacides for Mosquitoes to our elected officials. Making false
and misleading "safety" claims not on the label of any pesticide product
registered in the State of Michigan and that would be prohibited if made
by any pesticide manufacturer or pesticide applicator is not acceptable.
While neither spraying nor biological
control can completely eliminate all risk, unlike the spraying of adultacides
(like closing the gate after the horses are gone) this biological control
strategy is an affordable, 24 hour, seven day a week approach without all
of the collateral damage and known and unknown risks associated with Mosquito
adultacide spraying and is far more sustainable. More importantly the mosquitoes
can not become resistant to being eaten in this biological control approach.
The biology of the Mosquito determines that like all other insects in that
live in Michigan each spray pass makes the mosquitoes more pesticide resistant
and kills their ambient natural enemies better than it does them, while making
the Mosquito a more effective vector of the West Nile Virus by lowering the
immune system of Mosquitoes that receive a sub-lethal dose of pesticide; this
is a serious strategic error. This is kind of like shooting yourself in
the foot in my opinion.
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" Bioweapons to be unleashed on mosquitos
" Bioweapons to be unleashed on mosquitos
BY ROSEMARY PARKER
Thursday, May 29, 2003
ALLEGAN -- Carnivorous plants, bug-killing viruses, minnows, dragonflies, and even a device that scrambles insect homing abilities are among the arsenal the city of Allegan will deploy this summer against mosquitoes and the West Nile virus they might carry.
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The Allegan City Council decided Tuesday night to institute a citywide program of biological controls.
Mayor Jon Cook said the program is similar to the annual attack the city has waged since 1989 against gypsy moths, and he is confident in its ability to get the job done.
"We felt we needed to do something more than just pass out a few fliers in case someone wanted to know something about West Nile," Cook said. "This is a logical approach versus doing nothing or a big mass spraying or fogging the city."
Cook said cards will go out in the mail this week advising Allegan residents how to pick up the materials for both gypsy-moth and mosquito controls on June 7.
"Overall," DeFazio said, "it's an overlapping strategy to get better control than with any single component.
Rosemary Parker can be reached at 694-6709
Vectus Biotool Kit" (Biting Insects). Mosquito, Black Fly and other
biting flies control, of medical and veterinary
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a pest management strategy that focuses on long term prevention or suppression of pest problems with a minimum impact on human health, the environment, and non-target organisms and is based on biological control.
Praxis Rationale for Reliance on Biological Controls as the Primary Control Methods
From USDA, APHIS, NBCI (National Biological Control Institute), Dr. Ernest S. Delfosse, Ph.D., Director: Re:Biological control,
"It is the first option for pest management, and replaces chemical control as the, base strategy of Integrated Pest Management".
USDA, EPA, FDA, Tripart Agreement to reduce pesticide use and protect children.(pesticide use reduction 100%)
National Research Council's Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children. 1993. This book and study identifies children as being at higher risk than adults from pesticide exposure.
The National PTA's and National Education Associations position on pesticide reduction and health and human safety- in school settings.