west nile pesticide spraying in Dallas
Dallas county has had 10 deaths from West Nile virus. Although area spraying on the ground has been done over many areas of the metroplex, the city of Dallas and several surrounding burbs have elected to go with widesread aerial spraying of Sumithrin and Prallethrin. Both ingredients are pyrethroids, or synthetic chemical insecticides, designed to mimic the natural pyrethrins extracted from chrysanthemum flowers. I am sad to see it come to this as organic gardener with a fish pond and , at one time, home to wild bee hive that inhabited my owl house for several years.
The morning following the aerial spray, I uncoverd the pond and hosed down the gardens. I saw one dying wasp. Any other Dallasites see collateral damage? Any general thoughts on how devastating citywide spraying will be on bees and beneficial insects.