Download our one-page handout here: About Don’t Spray Me 5-19-19 pdf
In case your municipality is about to be sprayed, see here.
Don’t Spray Me!, a citizens’ organization in West Chester PA and surrounding communities, advocates effective non-chemical means of controlling mosquitoes and reducing chemical use in lawns, gardens and our food supply.
Within the Sustainability Committee of Sierra Club’s Southeastern PA Group, Don’t Spray Me! implements Sierra Club’s goal of cutting back all practices harmful to nature and human health.
DSM is also a founding member of the West Chester Green Team, whose mission is to promote green living in the West Chester Area. The Green Team’s other member groups are Chester County Citizens for Climate Protection (4CP), Plastic-Free Please Action Group, and the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100% Renewable Energy campaign.
Don’t Spray Me! reaches out through social media, signs, regular events, and citizen action. We let people, businesses, and non-profits know how not to breed mosquitoes on their property and how to cut down on chemical use. 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?
Sprayed in the air, chemical insecticides are relatively ineffective against mosquitoes and do not affect eggs, larvae, and pupae at all; and the more a given pesticide is used, the faster mosquitoes become resistant (as has happened in locations like 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. Get toxic chemicals out of your house (dispose of them properly).
West Nile Task Force
In 2015-18, Don’t Spray Me! worked in a partnership called the West Chester Borough West Nile Task Force with the Borough of West Chester and the Chester County Health Department. The Borough and County have useful 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 see “Mosquito-Borne Diseases” here and info on Zika virus, which has not been transmitted by mosquitoes north of Florida, here.)
Is the County spraying you? See how you can help us here.
See our underlying principles here.
Please also see our Facebook page and like it and individual posts.
See “History of Don’t Spray Me!” here.