Push for Spraying for Ticks in Loudoun County

Parents concerned about risk of insecticides

Thursday, Sep 6, 2012  |  Updated 8:19 AM EDT
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Officials in Loudoun County will decide whether to spray parks and playground areas with an insecticide that kills ticks that carry lyme disease.

Darcy Spencer

Officials in Loudoun County will decide whether to spray parks and playground areas with an insecticide that kills ticks that carry lyme disease.

A commission in Loudoun County wants to spray insecticides on the grounds of local parks to reduce the spread of Lyme disease.

Loudoun County leads Virginia in cases of Lyme disease, accounting for about 25 percent of the state's total.

In a meeting Wednesday night, the Loudoun Lyme Commission voted to recommend the spraying. The board of supervisors will consider the recommendation Monday.    

Some county residents are concerned about the health risks of spraying insecticide.

Dr. Samuel Shor, who heads the commission, said the risk from spraying the parks where children play and near the schools in which they learn is low.

*Correction: This story initially said the spraying would be aerial.

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