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Residents need more West Nile info

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I read with great interest the article “West Nile sickens Whitestone senior” in the Sept. 22-28 Whitestone Times. The story said that “Whitestone has been sprayed for mosquitoes five times this year, the latest taking place last week, according to the DOH.”

Perhaps a follow-up article could address why Whitestone has been sprayed so many times. There are several questions that need to be answered.

Isn’t one or two sprays effective? What exactly has been sprayed on us as we try to get rid of mosquitoes? Are the residents at risk for being exposed to so much pesticide spray being dropped on them? Are there more natural methods to rid mosquitoes in our midst?

Moreover, I do not believe most local residents were even aware that we were sprayed for mosquitoes five times. Were windows closed and air conditioners adjusted to close the air vents? Perhaps the Whitestone Times could publish when there will be spraying by the city Department of Health in our area.

Gary Gelber

Whitestone

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