Beware long-term effects of mosquito spraying

07/23/2014 2:07 PM

07/23/2014 8:57 AM

Re "County's W. Nile spray draws concern" (Our Region, July 22): Growing up in the South in the 1950s, the so-called mosquito man used to drive through neighborhoods every evening spraying DDT. We all know the long-term effects that had.

I've had a large vegetable/flower garden in Sacramento for the last 30 years. Since West Nile came to California and we've starting spraying, I have seen a drastic reduction in butterflies, dragonflies and bees visiting my yard. My neighborhood was recently sprayed, and there have been no butterflies on the zinnias. Coincidence?

-- Rema Callahan, Sacramento

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