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Recent mosquito spraying raises concerns for some in Silver Lake

 

The recent mosquito spraying in Silver Lake raised concerns for some residents about organic gardening and monarch butterfly conservation, the Silver Lake City Council heard at its meeting Monday, Aug. 18.
In July, the Council approved contracting with Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management, Inc., for mosquito control in the city limits. The short-term contract included three applications of truck ULV (ultra-low volume) treatments for mosquitos at $350 per treatment.
The first treatment was July 28 and City Clerk Kerry Venier said he received an e-mail from Connie Kratzke, a resident in Silver Lake and nursery grower at Kahnke Brothers Tree Farm.
Kratzke said she understands the company sprays for mosquitos in the evening to minimize the impact on non-targeted insects, “but all of the caterpillars in my large butterfly garden were poisoned by consuming residue from the pesticide on three types of milkweed plants I have in my yard.”
 
Find the full story in the Aug. 27 edition of The Chronicle.