The East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project is planning to use a truck mounted aerosol sprayer in North Reading on Monday, August 6th, 2018. Spraying will be done in neighborhoods of North Reading that are located south of North St. and west of Haverhill St. If we have to postpone due to weather, we will spray the area on Thursday, August 9th.
The Project uses a spray formulation containing the pesticide, sumithrin, to control mosquitoes. Sumithrin is a synthetic pyrethroid that is classified as a slightly toxic pesticide by the EPA. Mosquito control applications of sumithrin do not pose a significant risk to people or their pets due to the low toxicity of sumithrin and the small amount used to control mosquitoes. As with any pesticide, people should minimize exposure. If residents see a spray truck approaching, they are advised to go indoors for a couple of minutes while the spray dissipates. Residents are also advised to close windows. Beekeepers do not need to take any special precautions since spraying begins after dusk.
Information on the spray schedule is available on the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project website at https://sudbury.ma.us/emmcp/ Questions related to spraying or questions on mosquitoes can be answered by calling the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project at 781-899-5730.