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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Don't waste your money on automatic, whole-lot mosquito spraying

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird
     They’re almost always an irresponsible waste of your money! They'll repel and kill birds too. Almost all these whole-lot systems use the bug-killer pyrethrum. It negatively affects all natural life that dares to visit, or pass through, your yard. Yes – it will rid your yard of mosquitoes, and may also harm birds and larger organisms such as pets and children.

    Pyrethrum is very toxic. It’s toxic to birds, dragonflies, butterflies, frogs, fireflies, lizards, cats, dogs and you. Use it and nothing will get pollinated and birds will go hungry, since all bugs (and maybe your neighbors’ bugs) are dead. Keep in mind that over 97% of all birds raise their young on insects. Yes, pyrethrum is natural - so are arsenic, hemlock, lead and rattlesnake venom. Experts who have closely examined the research don’t accept pyrethrum as a safe organic product.

Blue-grey Gnatcatcher
It'll discourage all birds that depend on insects for food. If they can't find insects nearby they'll simply starve to death. The list of these birds is too long to include here, but includes our official state bird (Mockingbird) and Texas' champion bug-eater, the Nighthawk (which isn't a hawk, and doesn't fly at night).



OWEN YOST, in addition to being a blogger, is a licensed Landscape Architect emeritus who has lived and worked in north Texas for over 30 years. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), International Federation of Landscape Architects, National Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Society. His office is at in Denton.

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