I have a really fantastic update for this discussion. I called the County Mosquito Abatement unit and asked what I should do... They put me on a 'call first list' as well as told me that they would stop spraying a few houses away, both coming and going. I though, oh sure it sounds good we shall see.
Today I noticed a white truck stop outside my home and the driver and passenger kept looking up at my home and at something on a chart, so I went out to see what was going on. It was the manager of Mosquito Abatement for my area. She was doing a GPS track and driving the streets to make sure the route is marked correctly. I am so happy, I think they really wont spray my home! Not that its not still a 'fog' and therefore airborne, but will not be sprayed directly at my home and I will get notice so I can prepare and protect.
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Yeah - they do that here in Phoenix too. You wouldn't think there'd be that many mosquitos in the desert (and there aren't!) but they still "fog". The city does have a schedule that they post on their website. I have a friend that lives in a cul-de-sac. He has a whole methodology for fogging day. The day before they fog he covers things with plastic tarps and puts out two signs - one in front of his house, and one at the entrance to the cul-de-sac that are painted on king sized bedsheets and read "Organic Garden - Please don't Spray". After a couple of months of confusion and some polite calls - the city no longer sprays that cul-de-sac. In fact, so many people started complaining that they've been able to stop spraying in certain areas. Too many people were having respiratory issues, etc.
All the spraying started about 6 yrs ago when it was discovered that West Nile virus had made it to AZ and a single person died of it. Wonder how many people will have health concerns in the future due to the spray....
Good luck! I would try contacting the city and see if you can be spared from the fog!
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Thank you everyone for your helpful comments. My garden is against the back fence - in direct line of those nasty chemicals. "Fogging" sounds like an appropriate term for what they do - in Sacramento they sprayed from the air - we would have sticky spots all over the cars in parking lots the next day - since my car is garaged I have never noticed what the coating of this stuff looks like (other than to watch from the windows of my home in dismay - and it does look like fog coming out of that infernal machine). We have no run-off from the irrigation canal, but do have sprinklers that would spray the yard if I had them turned on in the back. I think this water is loaded with fertilizers, pesticides, farm run-off and God knows what else - defiantly has weed seeds in it as my grass in the front always gets weeds after starting the irrigation sprinklers (another reason why I wont use those sprinklers on my garden). So, I will be tarping - they do tell us in the morning on the news if they have decided to spray (I will have to check into if they have a set schedule for it). Thanks again for all your thoughtful comments.
There is a garlic based spray for mosquitos that is highly effective. Here is a link to one of those products www.mosquitobarrier.com/ You might try to present the idea to who ever is in charge of spraying with your city. It wouldn't hurt to do a little research into both this type of product and the stuff they use with special attention to the dangers of the products.
My country also spray certain months for the mosquitoes...especially areas that have lots of bush and over grown lots...we call it fogging...Thankfully my area does not have a lot of them. We are told to open up windows and doors...my windows would be open if i'm home and they're fitted with screens...but i don't bother to open my door....They place notices in the Daily Papers and also announce it on the Radio when they will be Fogging....Usually i let a few days pass before i clip any of my herbs to use after they fogg...Its not close contact but it blows with the wind...I never thought of covering anyting...which is a good idea!!!!
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How far is your garden from the spraying and do you get a lot of water runoff from there?
Agree with a light tarp on the days that they are sparying. Do you get advance notice? Also a sign might not hurt. You can also plant beneficials that will attract other insects that will eat the mosquitos.
I think lightweight plastic would be a good idea. And after the spraying is done, wash them clean with a soapy mist. We have a ton of mosquitos in our neighborhood, but thankfully our town doesn't care ;-)
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I live in beautiful Nampa, close to Boise in Idaho. Despite being a high desert area, we have a lot of rivers, lakes, and other water habitat places. I have not had an issue in my neighborhood with mosquitoes, but if I go towards the lake or rivers they definitely become a nuisance. Because of that the city sprays - everywhere. We do have a canal behind the neighborhood (directly behind my backyard fence, beyond that is horse pastures). This is where the issue lies. Every year, just after they flood the canal with water, they will come about every month in a little golf cart outfitted with a poison sprayer. It makes this awful noise, that you don't soon forget, to warn people its coming so they can get indoors and close their windows. The smell is really toxic, but we have more people afraid of getting a mosquito carrying disease than the ramifications of carcinogens in their bodies. They drive both down the street in front of our homes as well as down the little easement that runs along the canal behind my fence spraying towards the homes. That means they will spray directly onto my backyard garden. I had nightmares about it last night.
So, what do I do? Cover everything with plastic tarps? Post a message on the fence that says "do not spray here"? Does anyone have any suggestions? I want to keep an all organic garden. I am going through extreme measures to assure my family will have the most nourishing food for their growing bodies. Please help!
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