In cased you missed it, the City of #Toronto announced that it will be aerial spraying #insecticide to deal with an infestation of #gypsymoth larvae. The spraying began on May 18th and is scheduled to continue until June 10th. The City has been spraying via helicopter between the hours of 5am- 7:30am daily.
The spraying is primarily in the west end of Toronto, specifically:
Princess Margaret Boulevard and Kipling Avenue
Royal York Road and Bloor Street West
Baby Point Crescent/Baby Point Road
Jane Street and Bloor Street West
With the warmer weather creeping in more frequently (hard to say most times) this is kind of unfortunate news, as city dwellers will have to be more mindful of the air they breath, especially those of us who are prone to allergies and have asthma. In fact, if you noticed an increase in these symptoms, the insecticide may be why.
The City has assured residents that the pesticide is not linked to significant health risks to humans but for safe keeping, advises that if you do not wish to be exposed, remain inside during spraying hours and cover any patio furniture prior to spraying.
Despite the reassurance, there are some side effects that are worth mentioning. In a 2003 study conducted by Petrie K, Thomas M, and Broadbent E. from the Department of Health Psychology, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, and, #UniversityofAuckland, determined that “aerial spraying with #Foray48B is associated with some adverse health consequences in terms of significant increases in upper airway, gastrointestinal, and neuropsychiatric symptoms, as well as a reduction in overall perception of health in the exposed population.” The study involved 292 residents who were within the spray zone that were recruited by a door-to-door survey of homes. This area was sprayed the most intensively and those recruited were visited ten weeks prior to the first aerial spraying.