Good Morning Selbians,
For those of you with concerns about the mosquito spraying that is scheduled to take place within the next two weeks, here is a little bit of information that was received by Sissy Gheen who is our Roads, Sanitation and Restrictions Chair. She got to thinking about this spray too and went right to the source - the Department of Agriculture. A very nice gentlemen informed her that the spray that they use is about .75 per acre of chemical which is very minimal and the majority of the spray is oil. They spray at night as to not bother insects such as honey bees, ladybugs and butterflies. These insects are very good for the environment and, just like us, find a comfy place to rest at night. They also have a hard exoskeleton which protects them from many things including insecticides. The spray takes about 45 minutes to settle to the ground. By the morning, the spray is gone. I hope this eases the concerns about the spraying. The Selby community has been sprayed for the past 3 years. Being in a marshy environment, especially closer to the beach, the mosquitos can be overwhelming and can carry serious diseases. To reduce the mosquito population on your own property, make sure to dispose of any standing water especially after a rain and change water in birdbaths frequently. Mosquito larvae live in water.