About the citizens’ group Don’t Spray Me!
Dontsprayme is a citizens’ organization founded by residents of West Chester PA and surrounding communities that raises awareness about the dangers of pesticides. Dontsprayme opposes unnecessary mosquito spraying and advocates more effective means of controlling mosquitoes.
To fight harmful pesticide use, we reach out through Block Captains, social media, signs, and citizen action. We let people, businesses, and non-profits know how not to breed mosquitoes on their property. We urge local governments to distribute similar information and to larvicide standing water rather than allowing spraying.
Aren’t our municipal governments dealing with the situation?
A few, but not many, municipalities patrol storm drains and give residents full information to cut down on mosquito numbers and to protect themselves if imminent spraying is announced.
What are the dangers of truck-disseminated spraying?
Anti-mosquito pesticides are toxic to bees, butterflies, dragonflies, and other species like cats and frogs. They can also harm people, especially small children or hypersensitive individuals (see “Pesticide Hypersensitivity Registry and Application” here).
Why can’t the current system just continue?
Air-borne chemical insecticides are relatively ineffective against mosquitoes; and the more a given pesticide is used, the faster mosquitoes become resistant (as has happened in Miami).
How can I do my part to help?
Cover trash containers, wash out bird baths every few days, put anti-mosquito larvicide in pooled water. Talk to neighbors. Put up a sign, wear one of our pins, educate your municipality.
West Nile Task Force
Dontsprayme works in partnership with the Borough of West Chester and the Chester County Health Department. Both have excellent web site information about reducing mosquito populations and avoiding being bitten; click here to see info posted by the Borough and here for the County (also download “Make your home a Mosquito-FREE zone” here; and see info on Zika virus, which has not been transmitted by mosquitoes north of Florida, here.)
These three partners meet as the West Chester Borough West Nile Task Force.
See Dontsprayme’s principles here.
Please also see our Facebook page and like it and individual posts.