Tell Us What's Worse: Algae or Mosquitoes?

It's been a summer of microscopic health concerns in Westford, but which one is the worst?


This summer we've seen mosquito spraying for potential West Nile Virus and we've seen concern over cyanobacteria coming from algae blooms: which one of these things are more of a concern?

Or, are they both a concern? Maybe neither of them are really all that big of a deal. Or, is there some other health issue that you've been thinking about and should get more attention?

We're looking for your two cents; share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

Vicky Geary September 11, 2012 at 09:59 AM
My two cents: mosquitos are worse. While it is unfortunate not to be able to enjoy a particular lake, this is a hazard that can be avoided. Mosquitos are everywhere and more difficult to get rid of.
Kendra Kilsdonk September 11, 2012 at 02:00 PM
For me, the algae. We live on Nab Lake and have two dogs who looooove to swim. It's been a struggle to keep them out and constant worry about an "escapee" who might head for the lake and that cyanobacteria is deadly for dogs...not a nice death either, neurological damage or liver failure, depending on the type. Mosquitoes, we try not to be out at dusk and wear long sleeves/pants, have bug spray by the back door. I've actually not had many bites at all this year, there aren't many in our neighborhood...maybe because some bats have returned! Yeah!
Anne Shirley September 11, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I think mosquitoes are worse, because of the West Nile Virus.
Benjamin June 24, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Kendra, I agree that this is a very serious concern, especially for dogs who do not know any better and can be seriously hurt or killed by the bacteria. Let's work to remind neighbors of what happened last summer and to keep their fertilizer use to the absolute minimum necessary in order to prevent another aglae bloom. From what I've read, fertilizer run-off is the number one cause of this sort of thing. We need our neighbors; all of whom I'm sure want the lake to stay open all summer, to work hard at reducing the amount of stuff going into the lake that feeds algae.


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