Residents worry mosquito spraying can harm children - CBS46 News

Residents worry mosquito spraying can harm children

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NEWNAN, GA (CBS46) -

A movement is growing in a metro Atlanta community as organizers say they are concerned of the harmful effects that mosquito spraying may have on children.

Some residents of Newnan have put up signs, hoping to raise awareness about the potentially harmful effects chemicals used in mosquito abatement may have on children.

The group is called "No Spray Newnan". They are concerned that the pesticides being sprayed in the area are both harmful to children and the environment.

"I originally joined the group because on the sidewalk with my daughter in the stroller one evening a truck went by and fogged us," says supporter Carrie Knight. "What damage could've been done to them in the long run you don't know. Chromosomal damage. We have no idea."

Knight joined the city's no spray list 10 years ago. She says the chemicals being sprayed have taken care of mosquitoes, but it has also taken care of most of the other insects as well.

"I noticed through the years. I don't have any butterflies anymore, lady bugs, all the insects we really need," says Knight. "I think people need to be aware that it's going on in your environment and I think people need to be educated."

City officials say the spray takes place twice a week from June to September. They also say the chemicals used in the abatement process have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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