CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1999
Excessive use of insect foggers triggered an explosion at a Santa Ana home a few years ago, causing $125,000 in damage. Authorities said that more than 50 canisters were used. A stove pilot light probably ignited the petroleum base in the insecticide. Here are some tips for using foggers safely. Before Fogging * Read directions: Foggers differ according to manufacturer; follow directions for specific brand used.
January 14, 1996
Barbados has eliminated the routine spraying of insecticide on aircraft while passengers are on board, leaving only six countries still doing so, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Argentina, Grenada, India, Kiribati, Madagascar and Trinidad still require routine spraying. Australia, Barbados, Fiji, Jamaica, New Zealand and Panama allow airlines to spray when the plane is empty.
March 6, 1987 |
High winds forced officials on Thursday to cancel the first scheduled aerial insecticide spraying of a neighborhood where Mediterranean fruit flies were found in a backyard orange tree. Officials decided to go ahead with ground spraying, however, a state official said.
March 25, 1998 |
Eleven chemicals used in 160 products that kill weeds, germs, fungi, fleas and termites and keep animals away from flowers can no longer be sold in California. The state Department of Pesticide Regulation on Tuesday suspended sales of the active ingredients because their makers have not provided required data on health effects. The manufacturers can no longer sell the chemicals. However, stores can sell products on their shelves for two years, officials said.
August 27, 1988 |
A United Press International story on Thursday chronicling a series of accidents reportedly suffered by a man as the result of his wife's efforts to kill a cockroach cannot be substantiated. "The story evidently is the result of a hoax," said Leon Daniel, UPI's managing editor for international news, in Washington. "We regret moving it on our wires." UPI picked up the story, which was published by The Times, from the Jerusalem Post.
July 8, 1994 |
General Mills Resumes Cereal Production: The Minneapolis-based food maker resumed full production of oat cereals about three weeks after halting shipments of products that were treated with an unregistered pesticide. General Mills stopped shipping Cheerios and other oat cereals in mid-June when a routine check by the Food and Drug Administration found traces of chlorpyrifos-ethyl, an insecticide approved for wheat, corn, apples and other crops but not oats.