Naples woman says mosquito spray sickened her

Posted at 10:32 PM, Aug 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-30 09:52:17-04
NAPLES, Fla -- Lisa Casteneda used to enjoy mornings out on her lanai.
"I am scared, I'm scared to go outside, said Casteneda.
She scared of planes that fly over her home off Airport Road, spraying chemicals to kill mosquitoes.
She says those chemicals cause sinus problems and nausea.  "I had tingling and numbness around my mouth and my left hand, in my feet."
She went to her doctor, who thought Lisa was having a stroke, until an MRI came back clean. "He contacted poison control in Tampa, where he got a lot of information, did research, and they both thought it was related to the spray."
Collier County Director of Mosquito Control says a chemical called Dibrom, which is approved by the government is used in the formula.   He says a half a shot glass is equal to one football field, meaning very few people should feel the effects.
 "That's not true, they might lead you to believe that, but I know a lot of people, and a lot of people are experiencing health problems," countered Casteneda.
In addition to her health problems, Casteneda doesn't have health insurance, meaning she will have to pay for her medical expenses out of pocket.  "I want them to stop spraying and I want them to find an alternative."
Mosquito control did not spray Monday night because rain and wind were in the forecast.
Collier's Mosquito Control has a link on its website with a schedule of when and where it will be treating.