Mosquito elimination not feasible [UPDATED]Published 9:47am Wednesday, August 7, 2013 Updated 11:48am Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Clearly, it would be nice if Fergus Falls residents were able to go outside without the inconveniences —and the potential risk of West Nile disease — that come with mosquitoes.
However, at $120,000 per year to spray for mosquitoes, it’s clearly not worth it.
Members of the Fergus Falls City Council are considering the idea based on some resident complaints.
While some cities such as Minneapolis spray for mosquitoes, it seems impractical for Fergus Falls, which is much less densely populated, and has plenty of lakes, the Otter Tail River and marshy areas within city limits, filled with mosquito habitat.
Considering the city isn’t flush with cash these days, clearly, such funds could be spent on more pressing priorities.
Council members need to listen to the complaints, but understand that the solution to getting rid of mosquitoes is simply not feasible.