Three rural areas surrounding Lodi face aerial spraying this week to kill mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus, but residents seem unfazed about planes dropping pesticide in their area.
"It is a necessary thing. It's part of government's good, responsible things they do," said Tim Pollock, pastor of The Home Church on West Lane, which is expected to be dusted Tuesday night.
"I am grateful they are watching out for our health," Pollock said.
The Home Church, located north of Eight Mile Road, is part of a region scheduled for aerial pesticide spraying between Eight Mile Road and Harney Lane.
Pollock said he and his congregation are used to having crop dusters fly above his church to spray crops, so it's no big deal.
"We're not nervous," said Woodbridge resident Jim Womack, attend a play on Sunday at The Home church with his wife, Joanna. "I'll spray the lawn furniture (with water) and spray the kids' toys."
Charles Vann and Al Prieb, both of north Stockton, say they aren't afraid of any physical damage from the pesticide, known as pyrethrin, made from chrysanthemums.
"I think it's a good idea," Vann said. "There are a lot of dead birds everywhere."
Vann acknowledged he'll stay inside at dusk, when aerial spraying will take place. Once the pesticide is on the ground, he said, it's fine. But he doesn't want direct contact from the pyrethrin.
Also scheduled for spraying are much of Acampo east of Highway 99 and rural areas west of Lodi.
In Acampo, Liberty Fire Chief Stan Seifert says that his area, dominated by farms, are used to pesticide spraying for mites and a pest called the army worm, which just loves corn and destroys it.
Meetings in Lodi, GaltCommunity meetings regarding the West Nile virus are planned this week.
• Galt: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Chabolla Community Center, 630 Chabolla Ave. The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District, Sacramento County Department of Health Services and the Galt City Council will be participate.
• Lodi: 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Lodi Public Library, 201 W. Locust St. Hosted by the San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District.
"I think it's a necessary evil," Seifert said of the West Nile spraying. "But if you're going to have an outdoor party, I'd wash down everything."
He sees no problem with animals being exposed to pyrethrin.
"We'll leave them outside," Seifert said. "It's not that strong of a pesticide."
Ann Ullrich, who has a dairy on Liberty Road, said that urban residents who protest pesticide spraying are often afraid of the unknown.
"It's not any worse than things we take in our food," she said.
Spraying planned in Lodi area
Areas to be treated in northern San Joaquin County include:
• Acampo east of Highway 99 between Acampo Road and the Sacramento County line. Extends east from Cherokee Road to Disch Road.
Spraying operations are scheduled to begin Wednesday near dusk, depending on weather. An alternative spray schedule for the treatment is Thursday near dawn.
• West of Lodi between Turner Road and Harney Lane. Extends west from the Woodbridge Irrigation District South Canal to Ray Road. Spraying operations are scheduled to begin Tuesday near dusk, depending on weather. An alternative spray schedule for the treatment is Wednesday near dawn.
• South Lodi, from Harney Lane to Eight Mile Road. Extends from Highway 99 west to Davis Road. Spraying operations are scheduled to begin Tuesday near dusk, depending on weather. An alternative spray schedule for the treatment is Wednesday near dawn.
• Delta area between Highway 4 and the Sacramento county line. Between the county line and Eight Mile Road, the eastern boundary is about a half-mile west of Interstate 5. From Eight Mile Road to Highway 4, the eastern boundary is about three miles west of I-5. The western boundary is the Sacramento-Contra Costa county lines.
Spraying operations are scheduled to begin Tuesday near dusk, depending on weather. An alternative spray schedule for the treatment is Wednesday, near dawn.
Spray locations and times will normally be available 36-48 hours in advance, according to district officials. People can obtain spray information and schedules by calling the San Joaquin County West Nile Virus Hotline at 469-8200, or by checking on line at http://www.sjgov.org/oes
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