I have the incredibly bad luck to be living in a neighbourhood affected by not being sprayed for the onslaught of the mosquito invasion.
By my calculation based on the 90-metre boundary from my residency for non-spraying, a minimum of 16 and a maximum of 20 residences are affected.
Should the people living in one residence have the power to dictate to the number of people living in 16 residences? Should the people residing in the 16 homes be confined to the inside on a beautiful summer afternoon after suffering through a long, bitter winter because of a mosquito epidemic?
Sadly in this instance, the will of those living in one residence is dictating the circumstances of many of their neighbours.
If the decision to request non-spraying of their property is for medical reasons, should a signed doctor’s certificate not be a mandatory requirement? If their decision is for environmental reasons, perhaps the city should be seeking the expertise of more qualified people enabling the city council to make a blanket decision for spraying or non-spraying of the entire city.
Perhaps those agreeing with my perspective on this controversial topic should be contacting their alderman expressing their concern.
This could lead to a more logical conclusion to the situation we face, and will most certainly face in the future. The mosquitoes are not going away — they will be back next year.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 22, 2014