Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes to Start on Sunday in Worcester County

Henrietta Strickland
August 23, 2019

Editor's Note: There will be spraying in Framingham by the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project tomorrow, August 22 in certain neighborhoods in Framingham, via a truck.

Officials said the ability to spray is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

Residents are encouraged to visit the DPH website at www.mass.gov/guides/aerial-mosquito-control-summer-2019 for the latest updates on spraying in their communities.

EEE, which can cause swelling of the brain, is fatal for three out of 10 people who contract it, according to the state.

The first two human cases of EEE in the state since 2013 were announced on August 10 and 16.

"While aerial spraying is an important tool to help us reduce the public health risk of EEE, it's critically important that everyone in high risk areas continue to take personal precautions against mosquito bites", said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. Many outdoor events have been canceled, and residents are cautioned to use repellent containing DEET, avoid being outside between dusk and dawn, wear long-sleeve shirts and long trousers, and dump any standing water.

MDAR conducted an initial round of aerial spraying during the overnight hours of August 8 to 11 in areas of southeastern MA. "As aerial sprays can not completely eliminate the risk of EEE transmission, we ask the public to follow the personal protection practices suggested by DPH".

The compound employed is named Anvil 10+10and also an item broadly examined and found in equally ground level and airborne spraying at the U.S.to restrain mosquitoes. Sumithrin can be a component like the aspects of the chrysanthemum blossom that's likewise within additional pesticide products tick management treatment options, also applied inside, in shampoos. Sumithrin is decomposed and inactivated to both atmosphere and light, having a half-life of significantly much less than one day at the atmosphere and about vegetation. In soil, it degrades rapidly. It falls. Sumithrin has turned out to be efficient in killing mosquitoes for more than two decades. Piperonyl butoxide serves to increase the ability of Sumithrin to kill mosquitoes.

Officials said there are no health risks expected during or after the spraying. Aerial spraying isn't predicted to get some effects on regular tap water or surface drinking water.

The first round of aerial spraying was completed between August 8-11 during nighttime hours and covered a wide section of southeastern MA, including all three of the Tri-Town communities. However, owners should cover small ornamental fishponds during the nights spraying takes place.

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