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Letter: South Miami should allow mosquito spraying

 

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I read the recent article about South Miami not allowing the airplanes that spray to kill mosquitoes ( County challenged on mosquitoes, Neighbors). I sure hope the city is not serious. Exposing our children, elderly and everybody else to the threat of diseases which are carried by mosquitoes is irresponsible.

As far as making a wildlife sanctuary, you might as well kiss that idea goodbye. I am afraid the damage has already been done. Not by spraying for mosquitoes but by allowing the cutting of large trees and the clearing of vegetation that birds depend on for nesting and food.

As long as I have been living in South Miami (45 years) we have had an abundant wildlife and mosquito spraying too. Since all this cutting down (most of this done without a permit with smaller fines after the fact) our wildlife has declined.

Since all of these zero-property-line mansions were built, the animals have disappeared also. I have yet to see foxes, possums and raccoons that I normally see. There are fewer cardinals, blue jays and woodpeckers. The owls are gone and hawks are fighting and killing each other over territory. No gecko or Cuban lizards have been sighted in the past few months. The butterflies are few and far between because there are fewer bushes with flowers and feeder plants. Another menace are the unkempt and abandoned pools. They have become a haven for mosquito larvae.

I sure hope the city does something about the mosquitoes. There must be an organic spray out there.

Tena Admiraal, South Miami

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