Mosquito Control Project Information - Updated August 28 2019

Central Mass Mosquito Control Project

DRACUT BOARD OF HEALTH

In response to the EEE horse in Methuen, the MA Office of Mosquito Control has identified an area on the Dracut/Methuen line to reduce the number of potential infected mosquitoes in the area.  Attached is a list of streets and a map of the proposed area.  Due to RAIN on Wednesday night, the spraying will take place on THURSDAY AUGUST 29 2019.

 

REDUCING THE RISK OF WEST NILE VIRUS AND EEE

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors
  • Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 (3-[N-butyl-N-acetyl]-aminopropionic acid) or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-Menthane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions given on the product label. 
  • Install or repair window/door screens
  • Be aware that dusk to dawn is peak biting time for the mosquitoes that carry disease.
  • Drain standing water

In just four days, mosquitos will begin to breed in puddles or standing water. Don’t let them! 

  • Empty or get rid of metal cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, and other water holding containers.
  • Get rid of discarded tires that may hold stagnant water —it’s a common place for mosquitoes to breed.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers to let water can drain out.
  • Clean clogged roof gutters.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
  • Don’t let water sit in birdbaths.
  • Keep swimming pools clean and properly chlorinated; remove standing water from pool covers.
  • Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.
  • For more information contact   www.mass.gov/MosquitoesAndTicks
  • For more information contact Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project at   http://www.cmmcp.org
  • More information, including all West Nile virus and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page or by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800