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Re: Fwd: E-M:/ Detroit News blames wetlands for mosquitos
- Subject: Re: Fwd: E-M:/ Detroit News blames wetlands for mosquitos
- From: Praxis <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 09:08:13 -0400
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This kind of unfortunate article is evidence of a poor science education
and environmental illiteracy. Natural wetlands have battalions and layers
of biological control agents that control Mosquitoes naturally, which incidentally
usually produce less than 5% of mosquitoes generated in a typical retention
basin of a similar size polluted with organic runoff, and or lawn or agricultural
fertilizer. Algae and higher plants pull out excess nutrition in a wetland
so less bacteria is available to feed hungry mosquito larvae. Mosquitoes
have viral and bacterial infections of their own often resident in established
wetlands. Predatory copepods, nematodes, Dictamus beetles, the larvae of
damsel and dragonflies, less often present in manmade bodies of water add
to Mosquito mortality in established wetlands .
One management method often purposely ignored is Bladerworts, native Michigan
aquatic carnivores plants is not in any manmade water basins I have ever examined
has been eliminated in many urban and farmland settings because of siltation
and herbicide run-off from lawns and non point pollution from officially
"recommended" biocideal agrochemical use, can eat millions of newly hatched
mosquito larvae each season. Insectivorous native minnow population numbers
are also greatly reduced and for the same reason. Responsible officials try
to laugh this off, but it is anything but funny, actually it is tragically
I think this is little discussed not because these dedicated life
forms do not work, they do, but because it exposes the fact that the official
public recommendations in the State of Michigan from MSU extension, MDA,
and mosquito management "experts" eliminates most and sometimes all of these
life forms in a single spray pass. Making the public completely dependent
on the pesticide approach, that is not especially effective, costly in dollars
and cents, environmentally damaging and not sustainable. Praxis the Vectus
Biotool Kit product being used by the City of Allegan, City of Wayland and
elsewhere mimics the natural wetland strategy in materials, methods and is
sustainable. There has not been a single Mosquito complaint from any Praxis
treatment area reported to local officials. This option is being interfered
with, repressed and discouraged in our state at this time. It is our option
that apparently it is important in Lansing to maintain the lie that only
pesticides not biological control are effective. Effective local, community
run, low cost management programs will mean central authority will be lost.
The false and misleading claims from officials that biological doesn't work
or dose not work well enough for the public to use is nonsense, this is not
factual nor is it an acceptable position for the state to hold in my opinion.
Also sad is the continued misrepresentation of pesticide risk and false
"safety" claims made by State of Michigan public officials to promote, endorse
and encourage pesticide use and allocation services to a point that any reasonable
observer would call marketing or selling something that MSU/MDA try to deny.
Please see companion posting "Non- Factual Information from MSU professor
MSU Toxicologist, another in a very long list of risk communication errors."
Samuel M. DeFazio
2793 116th Ave
Allegan, MI 49010 269-673-2793 http://www.praxis-ibc.com
Enviro-Mich message from Andrew Mutch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This Detroit News editorial claims that local wetland
ordinances are contributing to the breeding of
mosquitos and subsequently, the transmission of West
Nile. Any care to comment?
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