Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Permethrin Ejection

safe as milk Lake County is a patchwork of farmland, forest preserves and golf courses, built on marsh and wetlands. And until all of that greenspace gets eliminated, Lake County will also be a patchwork of at least one irritating insect, the mosquito. And while great strides are being made toward paving over that mosquito-producing greenspace ...
Lake County officials celebrate start of road construction season
it is not happening fast enough for some municipalities. Waukegan recently awarded Clarke Environmental a $64,000 contract to spray that city for mosquitoes. According to the News-Sun ...
pesticides used by the company for adult mosquitoes include such brand names as Anvil, AquaHalt and Duet. One such product, Biomist, contains an active ingredient called permethrin and is said to be virtually odorless when applied in residential areas.
Waukegan alderman questions mosquito spraying plan
Odorless is one thing. Poisonous is something else entirely. The EPA classifies permethrin as ...
"Likely to be Carcinogenic to Humans" by the oral route. This classification was based on two reproducible benign tumor types (lung and liver) in the mouse, equivocal evidence of carcinogenicity in Long-Evans rats, and supporting structural activity relationship information.
Permethrin Facts
(Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) Fact Sheet)
Exposure to permethrin can manifest itself in a variety of symptoms:
Skin irritation, redness, swelling and rashes are the early signs and symptoms of poisoning with permethrin. Other signs include irritability to sound and touch, cough, numbness, sensation of pricking, diarrhea, burning sensation, dizziness, fatigue, excessive salivation, muscle twitching, fluid in the lungs, nausea and seizures.
What Are the Dangers of Permethrin?
Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management, Inc. is the largest privately owned mosquito surveillance and control company in the USA. They are based locally in St. Charles and recently moved into a new climate controlled headquarters:
The building boasts a number of green features, including the removal of existing carpeting then grinding and polishing the concrete floor beneath creating a terrazzo-like effect; 100 percent recyclable Interface Flor tiles in workspaces; integrated daylight harvesting lighting that senses the amount of light needed to amplify natural light in the building; water-conserving plumbing; and open-office design to improve air flow and minimize HVAC needs.
Clarke moves into environmentally friendly HQ
The next time a mosquito spray truck passes you on the street, don't forget to call Clarke Environmental ...
and ask them if they smell the permethrin over in their new environmentally friendly headquarters.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I found this page searching to see if Clark was using any of the new Eco friendly non-chemical adulticide sprays, I guess not.
I live in Will County and through water testing confirmed permethrin in our lake due to chemical drift, even though my mosquito abatement district denies it can drift. This chemical has caused huge adverse impacts to our lake. All the species of natural predators have been wiped out. There is no regulation on how often they can spray, when it comes to spraying for "nuisance" mosquitos. We have experienced health issues from permethrin in the lake, through skin exposure and ingestion by dogs swimming. This is so wrong, people need to fight back. If you see adverse impacts in your lakes (chemical scum and dead insects floating after a spray) file a complaint with the EPA. A lot of lakes now have permethrin in them, which is doing much harm to the environment and affecting our health. The EPA knows this, and they need to do something about it.