With regard to mosquito fogging In Maplewood, residents can contact the County hotline, at 314-615-4284, which should be updated between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursdays based upon mosquito counts that they do a day or two prior to spraying.
They can now verify in-house whether there are mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus in their five districts.
The hotline will post their spraying schedule for that evening. You can also contact St. Louis County Vector Control via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org with your home address and email address and they should send you an email around 3:00 on the days they will be spraying. Maplewood is on the Thursday schedule between sundown and midnight.
Maplewood staff is investigating the use of our CodeRED telephone alert system for notifying residents if spraying will be performed that evening. If and when it is implemented, we will notify residents. CodeRED registration can be found at: https://cne.coderedweb.com/Default.aspx?groupid=O%2BOfamWR/PDlzp8cuuUr2A%3D%3D where you can sign up for different types of alerts.
If you are wondering what to do when the spray is being applied:
- Stay indoors during the application
- Shut the windows and turn off the air conditioner during the application
- Bring outdoor pet food and water bowls inside
- Cover or remove children’s outdoor toys
- Cover or remove small pools, fish ponds, and bird-baths
- Stay off the treated area until the pesticide is dry
Health effects of pesticides can cause both acute and chronic problems. Acute health effects appear shortly after exposure to these pesticides and can include: skin and eye irritations, headaches, dizziness and nausea, weakness, difficulty breathing, mental confusion and disorientation, seizures, coma, and death. Chronic health effects may not be apparent until months or years after exposure. Such health aliments include nervous, reproductive, and immune system disorders, and cancer. Children can be particularly sensitive to exposure to chemicals due to their small body size, immature immune systems and rapid growth cycles. Although everyone is at risk from exposure, the most vulnerable groups are children, pregnant women, the elderly, patients undergoing chemotherapy, and people with compromised immune systems.
For additional information on health risks: http://beyondpesticides.org/mosquito/documents/citizensHealthEffectsMosqP.pdf
For additional information on how spraying affects bees and butterflies: https://www.clemson.edu/public/regulator… http://news.fiu.edu/2015/04/butterflies-…
Maplewood Councilman Barry Greenberg wrote this to a concerned resident, and gave permission to be published.