Pest Spray Causes Stir

1 decade 2 months 4 days ago Monday, October 08 2007 Oct 8, 2007 Monday, October 08, 2007 10:34:34 PM CDT October 08, 2007 in News
The Health Department decided to spray the pesticide after eight West Nile cases in Boone County this year.

The hammer strokes echoing around Columbia resident John Weber's neighborhood are nothing compared to what residents heard early one morning a week ago. His wife heard the spraying first.

Then they both noticed the real problem.

"We unfortunately had all of our windows open, and those included the windows of my two-year-old daughter. So we ran around frantically at 4 o'clock in the morning, closing all our windows because pesticides were coming into our house," Weber said.

Anderson Ave. is one of several areas the Health Department has sprayed over the last month. The pesticide isn't dangerous to most adults, but can have minor side effects for children and pets.

Minor or not, Weber took things into his own hands. He and others passed out flyers to other residents of Anderson Ave., in hopes of alerting them of what was going on.

Weber says information, or the lack thereof, is really the issue.

"All I wanted was a little info so I could protect my wife and child, and myself, from pesticides." he said.

Weber says he supports the spraying as long as neighbors have time to prepare.

The city says it is hard give more specific information than what they do now, but there is room for change.

"Every year we review our policy, we'll do so again this year. We'll look to see if there's any other possible solutions to informing the public better that fit within our budget," Boone County Health Department's Deidre Wood said.

Weber hopes that will allow him and his family to sleep a little better.

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