Mitchel Cohen

United States

#1 Jul 1, 2008
The "ultra low volume" (ULV) label is misleading. Most people think that ULV is a good thing, a less harmful pesticide. Just the opposite! It means that the pesticide is sprayed in tiny droplets -- a mist -- which penetrate much more easily into the lungs, and which is therefore much more effective in killing bugs and harming people.

There are natural ways to fight mosquitoes -- a single bat can eat 1,500 mosquitoes per night. Same with dragonflies, another natural (and harmless to humans) predator of mosquitoes.

Individually, we can use effective NON-DEET (DEET is very harmful, especially to kids) repellants. The most potent is (get this!) Catnip. But also, natural sprays like "No Mosquito", which contains 100 percent pure essential oils of Grapeseed, Lemongrass, Citronella, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Siberian Fir, and Vitamin E.(You can get this or similar natural repellants in most health stores.)

Also missing from the County's report are a list of the so-called "inert" ingredients -- which, usually benzene-related, can be quite harmful. Also missing is a list of the "synergists" -- chemicals like piperonyl butoxide, which is a potential carcinogen and yet it is commonly added to pesticides because it attacks the liver and prevents the body from excreting the pesticide quickly, exponentiating its impact.

I am shocked that Suffolk is mass-spraying Fire Island, where a higher percentage of immune-compromised people visit. Pesticides are deadly for those who are immune compromised, the very young as well as the elderly, and are also linked to serious neurological problems as well as cancers and asthma.

Shame on Suffolk County for inflicting these dangers on the Suffolk residents and visitors.

Mitchel Cohen, coordinator
No Spray Coalition
www.nospray.org

and a long-time student activist at SUNY Stony Brook.
Christine Schmidt

AOL

#2 Jul 1, 2008
I agree with Mr. Cohen's assesment of the spraying of these pesticides. I am opposed to all spraying of these pesticides anywhere on Long Island.

Inhaling this mist or vapors can be extremely harmful to all of us.
Stop the spraying anywhere on Long Island this summer and in the years ahead......
Joey

West Babylon, NY

#3 Jul 1, 2008
Anything we can use to rid the Island of Illegal's!
Steve Greenspan -

AOL

#4 Jul 2, 2008
Seems to me when they state: ULV they should include, but dont, the words listed immediately right afterwards,"UHC" stands for ULTRA HIGH CONCENTRATE,(not a good thing, has most non selective poisoning/killing power yet) So that the two, used together become synonomous. Makes no mention either of ALL benificial non target organisms needlessly being killed as result of spraying, somehow is justifiably OK, being it is collateral in view of the alledged 'great good' is is supposed to be safeguarding, but fails to take into account the still great degree and magnitude of environmental damage created now and in long term thur continued pesticide use of any sort includes massive regional aerial spraying. Hey hasn't anyone of those big wigs noticed, all the bees, butterflies to name but a select few dates since Spring of 2000 (after first mosquito spray), have all diminished in numbers? No longer are these species abundant,plentiful or numerous, Now are but scant remaining few as once compared to not so long ago for what was the pre dawn era (pre 1999)of massive regional (mosquito)spraying. Aerial spraying is not a good thing!
Mitchel Cohen wrote:
The "ultra low volume" (ULV) label is misleading. Most people think that ULV is a good thing, a less harmful pesticide. Just the opposite! It means that the pesticide is sprayed in tiny droplets -- a mist -- which penetrate much more easily into the lungs, and which is therefore much more effective in killing bugs and harming people.
There are natural ways to fight mosquitoes -- a single bat can eat 1,500 mosquitoes per night. Same with dragonflies, another natural (and harmless to humans) predator of mosquitoes.
Individually, we can use effective NON-DEET (DEET is very harmful, especially to kids) repellants. The most potent is (get this!) Catnip. But also, natural sprays like "No Mosquito", which contains 100 percent pure essential oils of Grapeseed, Lemongrass, Citronella, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Siberian Fir, and Vitamin E.(You can get this or similar natural repellants in most health stores.)
Also missing from the County's report are a list of the so-called "inert" ingredients -- which, usually benzene-related, can be quite harmful. Also missing is a list of the "synergists" -- chemicals like piperonyl butoxide, which is a potential carcinogen and yet it is commonly added to pesticides because it attacks the liver and prevents the body from excreting the pesticide quickly, exponentiating its impact.
I am shocked that Suffolk is mass-spraying Fire Island, where a higher percentage of immune-compromised people visit. Pesticides are deadly for those who are immune compromised, the very young as well as the elderly, and are also linked to serious neurological problems as well as cancers and asthma.
Shame on Suffolk County for inflicting these dangers on the Suffolk residents and visitors.
Mitchel Cohen, coordinator
No Spray Coalition
www.nospray.org
and a long-time student activist at SUNY Stony Brook.
Rob Walters

Goshen, NY

#5 Jul 2, 2008
My daughter just turned six and is having a very hard time breathing since the weather got warm. Child asthma is at an all time high. Think of the consequences indiscriminate pesticide spraying will have upon our most vulnerable citizens.
Jonesboro - Maine

Saint Albans, ME

#6 Jul 2, 2008
We get sprayed with drifting pesticides from the "wild" blueberry growers and wreath-materials (fir) tree growers, and there's much cancer and central-nervous system disease up here on the supposedly pristine North Coast of Maine.
Pesticides are NEVER safe, and it is illegal to say they are, even when used as directed. They are poisons intended to kill. Our only defense is that we're larger than the insects, so we're not killed, only damaged, often permanently.
Don't believe the petro-chemical companies' advertising - there are clean, natural ways to combat all unwanted plants and insects.
AJ Cohen

Oakland, NJ

#7 Jul 2, 2008
When Suffolk County Vector Control presents it's Open Water Marsh Management program to the NYSDEC, and the NYSDEC refuses to let SCVC implement OWMM, one can only wonder why the NYSDEC would apparently PREFER to have pesticide sprayed to control mosquitos when there are other, promoted as proven natural methods of control.

SCVC recently completed a test OWMM program at the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge. It was reported as a success. This program is based on other similar programs in other states (i.e. Delaware) which are apparently way ahead of New York. The project report information can be viewed at the Suffolk County Vector Control website.

The methodology is apparently so well proven at this point, that in one Federal Government program alone, the US Fish and Wildlife service will grant $19,000,000 to municipal entities for OWMM projects to control mosquitoes using natural methods. Read about these grants at
http://www.fws.gov/coastal/CoastalGrants/

You can't be chartered to conserve and protect the environment and truly be doing that when you force "the exterminator" to use pesticide when he comes to you with other, natural alternatives.

Does this methodology conserve and protect the environment? Is putting pesticide first before alternative methods a way to PROTECT people and other living organisms?

Something is not right.

If you are reading this, they may or may not be spraying near where you live, but everyone's agenda should be vector control without pesticides wherever and whenever possible, and that includes you.

It gets in the water, it gets in the food... it gets in your body, and even though you may be able to TOLERATE it better than an insect, these are toxic substances that don't belong in our environment, especially by our own hand.

This particular spraying is surely being done so businesses on Fire Island won't suffer from nuisance mosquitoes. If you are afraid of contracting West Nile Virus because of all the scare-tactic-hype, then go out and empty all the standing water you find around your house. The chances of contracting WNV are much greater from that source than anything this event has to do with.

“Eye Smell a Huckster in NH”

Since: May 08

Boston, MA

#8 Jul 2, 2008
Mitchel Cohen wrote:
The "ultra low volume" (ULV) label is misleading. Most people think that ULV is a good thing, a less harmful pesticide. Just the opposite! It means that the pesticide is sprayed in tiny droplets -- a mist -- which penetrate much more easily into the lungs, and which is therefore much more effective in killing bugs and harming people.
There are natural ways to fight mosquitoes -- a single bat can eat 1,500 mosquitoes per night. Same with dragonflies, another natural (and harmless to humans) predator of mosquitoes.
Individually, we can use effective NON-DEET (DEET is very harmful, especially to kids) repellants. The most potent is (get this!) Catnip. But also, natural sprays like "No Mosquito", which contains 100 percent pure essential oils of Grapeseed, Lemongrass, Citronella, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Siberian Fir, and Vitamin E.(You can get this or similar natural repellants in most health stores.)
Also missing from the County's report are a list of the so-called "inert" ingredients -- which, usually benzene-related, can be quite harmful. Also missing is a list of the "synergists" -- chemicals like piperonyl butoxide, which is a potential carcinogen and yet it is commonly added to pesticides because it attacks the liver and prevents the body from excreting the pesticide quickly, exponentiating its impact.
I am shocked that Suffolk is mass-spraying Fire Island, where a higher percentage of immune-compromised people visit. Pesticides are deadly for those who are immune compromised, the very young as well as the elderly, and are also linked to serious neurological problems as well as cancers and asthma.
Shame on Suffolk County for inflicting these dangers on the Suffolk residents and visitors.
Mitchel Cohen, coordinator
No Spray Coalition
www.nospray.org
and a long-time student activist at SUNY Stony Brook.
Screw that. Just make a fire pit. Put in a bunch of wood and dead branches. When it gets going nice and hot, throw on some green branches and leaves. The smoke will keep the mosquitoes away.

“Eye Smell a Huckster in NH”

Since: May 08

Boston, MA

#9 Jul 2, 2008
Joey wrote:
Anything we can use to rid the Island of Illegal's!
Fantastic idea. A broad spectrum spray might be available to take care of mosquitoes and undocumented workers. It sounds pretty cost effective, and the politicians just might go for that!
jane m doe

Santa Fe, NM

#10 Mar 31, 2014
in 2000, they were "supposedly" ariel spraying for mosquitos. i was walking down the st to my friends house, and all of a sudden, i was sprayed down upon, i thought a bird pooped on me or something. as i looked up, i saw there was a plane flying low and spraying. what ever was in that spray gave me "M". i have been sick 14 years now with this disease. it is a big cover up. the government, the medical field and universities all seem to be in cahoots with one another. i have been researching since my illness. today, i made a new connection...this was the year they began ariel spraying for the west nile virus. no side affects my ass. they gave me a new infectious disease that has turned my life into a living hell! and whats so much more worse than that, i can't even go to the damn dr's to try to get treated-they try to institutionalize you. true story. ask my family, they all know.
jane m doe

Santa Fe, NM

#11 Mar 31, 2014
this all took place in wyoming, michigan on a bright sunny afternoon.

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