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Are those trucks currently spraying for mosquitos in Provo??

Old Apr 8th, 2013, 06:28 PM
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Are those trucks currently spraying for mosquitos in Provo??

Do those trucks spraying toxic chemicals to kill mosquitoes drive through Provo? Is there still a small threat of Dengue or was that last year? I'm trying to avoid certain pesticides so it would be really helpful to know if the trucks are circulating this month. tia!
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Old Apr 8th, 2013, 06:33 PM
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Ask on the Trip Advisor forum
as there are people that live on Provo on that forum
FYI
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Old Apr 8th, 2013, 09:25 PM
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From this story, I'm going to guess that yes, the spraying program is probably in full force at this moment. thx caribzack

http://tcweeklynews.com/small-dengue...ci-p2507-1.htm
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Old Apr 9th, 2013, 02:47 AM
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That is an old article...
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Old Apr 9th, 2013, 04:50 AM
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Dungue Fever never really hit Provo, and never a tourist got it (a handful of illegal Haitians which probably had it before coming over)

Dungue Fever did have a couple of cases in Bahamas, specifically Exumas

I personally have never seen mosquito trucks spraying the resorts

But if you're trying to avoid pesticides (don't know your reason, but if it's smell I've never smelled it in Provo) all the major resorts in entire Caribbean spray, so you'd have to avoid the entire region.

Parrot Cay uses environmental type spray that smells lemony (actually the entire island smells amazing) which might help you minimize your avoiding pesticides.

It is the tropics, it does need maintenance.

Now if you think they spray because there are so many Mosquitos, there are not, many other Caribbean islands have tons more, but there are no-see-ums, as every island has that get sprayed for.

They spray, for vacationer's, like it never happened, won't even know they did it, except for not being covered in mosquito bites.
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Old Apr 9th, 2013, 05:36 AM
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Hi Blamona et al --

Online it says the story is from March 2, 2013 -- when i do a search, 2 stories appear to be dated in the last 8 weeks. Is that not correct?

http://tcweeklynews.com/dengue-fever...ci-p2454-1.htm

Thanks for the general info. Is it the beaches that are sprayed for no see ums? Is it publicly administered or do the resorts have it done privately? I'm wondering what pesticide is used and if I could contact the resort to see if they know.
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Old Apr 10th, 2013, 11:26 AM
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contact the resort is your best bet
All resorts spray, entire Caribbean, although I've never seen spray truck ever

the article goes further to say it's not an outbreak in TCI, these were 3 people that had it trying to enter the country:


"The three adults infected are all imported cases – two from the Bahamas and one from St Lucia."

Resorts aren't sprayed because of an outbreak, they're always sprayed.

I'd worry more about dehydration and heat stroke for your baby
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Old Apr 10th, 2013, 05:44 PM
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blamona -- Le Vele said they don't spray their beach with any kind of chemical or insecticide which is good to know for future reference. Do you think the county (or whatever it is) sprays the beach? I'm sure all resorts spray their properties with all that landscaping and us all freaking out about roaches, etc. but I can keep the baby off the floor at this early stage.

We will probably go to Paris next week although Provo will likely be our next beach vacation around 6-8 months from now. thanks for your help.
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Old Apr 11th, 2013, 04:27 AM
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They DO NOT spray the beach...come on now!!
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Old Apr 11th, 2013, 04:55 AM
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The worst mosquito bites I ever got was in Paris in an apartment I rented in Le Marais (translated means the marsh).
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Old Apr 11th, 2013, 04:57 AM
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No country (of TCI is a country) anywhere in the world sprays public places, including beach, lakes, roads, seriously? Didn't have to know that.

Resort private properties are sprayed as it's in the tropics.

I have never seen a mosquito on the beach in the country of TCI. And it's a separate country from Bahamas. Just because something happens in the country of Bahamas doesn't mean it happens in the country of TCI.

There are no "inter-island" hops between Bahamas and TCI, you have to backtrack to Nassau or Miami by plane.

The bahamians that tried to enter TCI with Dungue Fever could have just as easily tried entering Paris the same way.

You can't be serious!

PS, TCI is much more enjoyable when the baby is older (6-8 months) as you can actually spend time on the beach instead of the resort room all day. The baby would enjoy it so much more, and you get beach time as opposed to being cooped up in the room all day. Because TCI is all about the beach and nothing else.

On a different note, TCI is not a third world country, such as Jamaica (one of the "victims with Dungue trying to get in) it's a modern upscale flat dry island.

And they're Mosquitos in Paris in the summer!
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Old Apr 11th, 2013, 05:36 PM
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You can google and find dozens of articles (and videos) regarding this practice of trucks driving around spraying a cloud of chemicals to kill mosquitoes -- even in the United States. A few major U.S. cities have banned this type of spraying but it's not uncommon, particularly in the South and in areas impacted by W Nile virus. There's been some controversy in TX recently about truck spraying.

I've seen trucks spray for mosquitoes on Caye Caulker in Belize with kids playing around as the truck drove by. This is a toxic but not unusual practice. If the don't do it in T&C, great, that's a huge relief. But it does happen elsewhere as a misguided public health policy.

The truck spraying is a totally separate question/issue from Dengue. I'm not trying to create alarm about Dengue, as it's a very small risk throughout the Caribbean and Central America. (see CDC website) Dengue isn't confined, however, to just poor countries - a few unlucky travelers have returned from Puerto Rico with Dengue.
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Old Apr 11th, 2013, 07:22 PM
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Fishee, thanks for the google lesson.

Again, in many travels to TCI, ((up to 4 trips a year for 15 years) I have never ever seen a spray truck.

Maybe just my timing? Maybe I didn't pay attention? Maybe doesn't happen there?

Why are you asking questions and then when you get an answer try to contradict them?

Seriously? Why bother us? We can only write about our experiences and what we've seen and done.

If we answer and you question because you research on google? Just trying to stir it up?

You're hung up on something you shouldn't be hung up on.

I have never heard of anyone dying in TCI because of possible spray at the resorts. Never heard of anyone getting sick either.

But I'm sure you can google it.

Back to taking an 8 week old to the beach. You're so bent on bug sprays and having to go somewhere, and question us experienced travelers of either being old or not having kids ourselves.

We have kids. We know what we are talking about.

Doesn't matter what we tell you, you go in circles (or Internet search for opposite statements). We all know that EVERYTHING on the Internet is true, right?

We don't try to hide that we are giving opinions, observations, experiences. We don't follow it with stats. We don't pretend it's always right.

But we are experienced.

A beach day with an 8 week old doesn't give much beach time. A beach destination without spending time at the beach because the baby is overheated or cranky or tired is a waste of money.

Knock yourself out and do what you want, you're going to anyway, because I'm done.

And stop stirring up a destination about bugs and Dungue fever just because you googled something then only posted half the story. Not fair to other travelers.
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Old Apr 12th, 2013, 08:36 AM
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Yeah, what Blamona said...
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Old Apr 12th, 2013, 01:35 PM
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My "google" post was simply correcting the idea that truck spraying for mosquitoes doesn't happen in *any* country and it was absurd to ask this question. You're an invaluable resource blamona but you can be harsh when you think a question maligns TCI in any way. I nonetheless appreciate your contributions because I recognize that you function as a highly skilled and free travel agent for hundreds of people wanting to visit TCI.

I never implied that posters who vetoed the beach vacation were old or didn't have kids - that was someone else who suggested people were over-reacting. i've always been grateful for advice from this forum which has helped me from my very first trip many years ago. Never thought I would have these kinds of opportunities to travel and fodorites have helped make it possible in a very real way.
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