Within the Sustainability Committee of Sierra Club’s Southeastern PA Group. Don’t Spray Me! implements, in Chester County, Sierra Club’s goal of cutting back all practices harmful to nature and human health. DSM focuses on pesticide spraying and the use of other harmful chemicals, and also supports the Ready for 100% Renewable Energy campaign, which works against pollution from fossil fuel extraction, transportation, and consumption.
Don’t Spray Me! is a citizens’ organization in West Chester PA and surrounding communities that works within the Sustainability Committee of Sierra Club’s Southeastern PA Group. Don’t Spray Me! raises awareness about the dangers of anti-mosquito spraying and use of other chemicals. We advocate effective non-chemical means of controlling mosquitoes and achieving other goals withoiut harming the natural and human environment.
We reach out through Block Captains, 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
Don’t Spray Me! 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 regularly as the West Chester Borough West Nile Task Force.
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.