NH divided on spraying for mosquitoes - 94 participants, 283 responses

May 23, 2016

A report from the Union Leader indicates that New Hampshire has issued pesticide permits to 37 towns for mosquito spraying this year, which is roughly the same number of towns as last year. According to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, the larvacides and adulticides used to control mosquito populations cause minimal harm to humans and the environment. On May 23, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Do you support your town spraying for mosquitoes?”

“Do you support your town spraying for mosquitoes?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Participation:

A total of 88% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 12% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 283 responses from 94 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A majority, at 52% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, opposed town spraying for mosquitoes.

  • “Mass spreading of man-made pesticides have already polluted our water and soil, there are other natural ways of combating mosquitoes.”
  • “As pesky as mosquitoes are, they are a vital part of the food chain which helps keep the ecosystem in balance.”
  • “It's up to individuals as property owners and people who spend time outside to take appropriate measures as they see fit.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 48%, supported town spraying for mosquitoes.

  • “There are pesticides that can be used that are non-toxic to birds, bees and fish.”
  • “Mosquitoes carry many dangerous illnesses. We should spray to get their numbers way down.”
  • “We have already had cases of the Triple E Virus here in New Hampshire as well as other serious diseases from Mosquitoes. They are no longer just a nuisance, they are a major health risk.”

Other: As noted above, 12% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Citing concern for other populations that may be affected by spraying: “We have a dying Bee population, you do understand if the bees die so do we …”
  • Broadening the discussion to include other pests: “How about we spray for ticks?”
  • Expressing concern at the costs: “Most reviews for [town spraying] say they only last two years. That’s a lot of money to have to spend every two years.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.

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