A Real Entomologist Schools Geary “Stink Bug” Higgins

By Loudoun Insider

I guess Geary Higgins is the designated amateur entomologist for the Loudoun BOS.  Too bad he has no clue as to what he is talking about as he tries to defend the ridiculous park insecticide spraying.   Luckily a real entomologist is available from Virginia Tech to school Higgins and the readers of the story.

UPDATE:  GREAT analytical post by Realloudoun on this stupid move.


  • edmundburkenator says:

    It’s starting to look like Higgins is representing 52 percent of the district. Screw the 48 percent that voted against him.

  • Eric the 1/2 Troll says:

    “Higgins said that he had recently heard from residents concerned about the spraying and that the county planned the insecticide application carefully to minimize environmental impact. ”

    Fail! You did EXACTLY the opposite and could not have selected a worse time to spray these toxins.

    Excellent article, Caitlin. BTW, Bill Buundy knows his stuff when it comes to honeybees.

  • Eric the 1/2 Troll says:

    “The total sprayed area was also very small, he said — 196 acres — and Loudoun’s total acreage is about 333,000.”

    So doesn’t this raise the logical question of WHY did you spray then? You OBVIOUSLY will have no impct on tick populations or Lyme transmission rates.

    Waste of money and disregard for the impact of your actions all so you can pander to campaign supporter Mike Farris.

    Thanks a bunch, 9-0 Board of Dolts.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Hmm… let’s round it to 200 acres. That’s $100 an acre for the first spraying.

    Now, let’s think big: For $33M we could spray the whole county (once). We could probably get a discount for a volume purchase.

  • Tick Parks says:

    I have walked Phil Bolen Park. I had more ticks on me than any other location I have been to in the County. I think spraying is a case by case decision. The decision to spray at a park used by thousands is spot on. I wear a hat, long pants with rubber bands around my ankles and lots of spray. I could not believe how infested it was.

  • steveb says:

    Cull the deer or cull the ticks?

  • steveb says:

    What’s the larger Lyme Disease strategy for Loudoun County? All insults aside, it’s hard to hike anywhere (especially with dogs) without coming away with a bunch of ticks.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Who cares what it costs, or what the ancillary impacts are – just SPRAY! This is not a feasible long term strategy. At all.

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