"I wanna know": Spraying for mosquitos - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

"I wanna know": Spraying for mosquitos

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Have you ever been outside and realized the mosquito spray trucks were coming and so you run for cover, worried whether you and your family are being exposed to toxic chemicals?

So, what's in that spray and is there any way to know ahead of time when the truck will head down your street? That's what Sara Hine wants to know.

"I wanna know when the mosquito truck sprays in our neighborhood, what they are spraying and how toxic it is," said Sara.

The young mom enjoys being outside with her husband and 3-month-old daughter Abi, as they enjoy the flower garden and fresh air. But even before Abi was born, Sara would worry about the mosquito spray. 

"A lot of time we're outside when the mosquito truck comes by. And we find ourselves running inside to shut the windows, especially with our daughter, we don't want her to breathe anything that could hurt her. And, of course, there's a lot of elderly citizens or people who have breathing problems, like asthma already, so I'm concerned about them," said Sara.

Sara would like to know when the trucks are coming so she can make sure she and the baby are inside.

"I imagine that they have to come when the weather conditions are just right, so, knowing what time they would come by would be just great. I was also thinking that something like a text message alert would be good because, while there are those of us who don't want to breathe the spray, I bet there are those of us that are sitting around waiting for the spray to come because they're getting eaten up by mosquitoes," said Sara.

Calcasieu Mosquito Control Director Scott Willis said the schedule varies from day-to-day depending on where the mosquitos are. It's on the web by 2 or 3 in the afternoon. You do have to determine what designated area you live in. Sara lives in L51.

"If they call us, we'll be happy to them what area they live in. The best way, if you have a smart phone or if you have an Ipad or an app, you can actually go to that website and create a link on your desktop or your phone and just touch it and it will bring it up and tell you that schedule," said Willis.

He said it's really not feasible to send text messages. "There are so many people in the parish. You think about how many thousands of people and generating a text alert right now is something that logistically is hard for us to do," said Willis.

And he said the chemicals used in the sprays are approved and safe when used correctly.

"All the products that we use are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and they're registered for the use that we're using them. And a lot of the chemicals mimic the chemical makeup of a chrysanthemum plant. And so it's synthetic or manmade and that's the base for a lot of the products that we use," said Willis.

For a link to more information on Calcasieu Mosquito Control, click here.

If there's something you "wanna know" call or message me and I'll try to get an answer for you.

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