Florida City Okays Experimental Nighttime Spraying

Equipment normally used to apply agricultural chemicals to cucumber fields is being used in experimental nighttime spraying for coronavirus in a central Florida farming community. Screenshot: Fox 13

“This is a good test, a good product. We are the perfect site to try an experiment with this.” – City Manager Terry Atchley

July 11, 2020, FOX 13 News

WAUCHULA, Fla. — The city of Wauchula gave the go-ahead for a resident to spray the city’s streets with a chemical.

David Terrell, who owns A-DAB agricultural spraying company, brought the idea to the Hardee County city.

“I think every city in the damn United States needs to be doing it. No questions asked,” he told FOX 13 News. “I was listening to the different doctors. They were talking about how the virus can stay airborne and I’m like, ‘Dang, so can I.’”

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, he saw an opportunity to use his sprayers to disinfect his hometown. Even if the chemical doesn’t come in contact with an airborne virus particle, he believes it would still be beneficial when it lands on the ground.

“What goes up comes down. You didn’t use up your bullet. Your bullet still is going to react when it hits the booger down on the floor.”

Over the counter, hydrogen peroxide is usually sold at a 3% concentration. Terrell’s solution is slightly stronger at 5% — a level he says is perfectly safe.

He sprays the whole town, even AdventHealth, where he sprays the hospital entrance and parking lot.

City Manager Terry Atchley said the Wauchula City Commission did not reach out to any scientists or doctors before approving the spraying … Read more. 

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