The San Pedro Town Board and members of the business community have been contacting business people in the community for contributions to pay for the chemicals to aerially spray the island to eradicate mosquitoes. To date about $9,000 has been collected which is enough to purchase four 55 gallon drums of 97% malathion. The four drums will be enough for two sprayings. The first spraying will be carried out this coming Monday, October 20th, weather and wind conditions permitting.
The mosquito spraying project is more complex than just collecting cash to pay for the chemicals. Several companies and individuals have contributed services and equipment to facilitate the project. Barry Bowen has donated the use of his crop duster plane; Regent Insurance donated the insurance coverage; Tropic Air is donating the fuel for the plane and the kerosene to mix with the malathion, and staff members to assist with the project. Lee Barker has donated his pilot services.
The October 20 spraying will include areas between Mata Chica in the north to the southern tip of the island. Residents and hotels should disconnect the downspouts that feed rain water into their cisterns and wait to re-connect until we have enough rainfall to wash off the rooftops.
The second spraying should take place after two weeks and hopefully will ensure that any larvae that hatches after the first spraying will be eliminated.
Although enough money has been collected for the first two aerial sprayings, the Town Board and citizens group is continuing to solicit funds to be able to continue spraying and keep the island healthy and comfortable.
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