The East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project is planning to use a truck mounted aerosol sprayer to apply sumithrin in Weston, Wakefield, Bedford and North Reading during the week beginning Monday, July 27, 2020. Spraying will be done between sunset and 11:30 PM.
On Monday, July 27, 2020, spraying is scheduled for neighborhoods of Weston that are located north of Boston Post Rd. including streets in the vicinity of Warren Av., Merian St., Conant Rd., Church St., Kings Grant Rd., Montvale Rd. and Lexington St.
On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, spraying will be done in areas of Wakefield that are located south of Rt. 128, north of Water St. and east of Main St. to the eastern border of Wakefield.
On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, spraying is scheduled for neighborhoods of Bedford that are located in the vicinity of Washington St., Marion Rd., Short St., Alaska Av., Dunelm Rd., Ridge Ter., Meadowbrook Rd. and Sweeney Ridge Rd.
On Thursday, July 30, 2020, spraying will be done in areas of North Reading located near Gloria Ln., Park St., Winter St., Birch Rd., Viewcrest Rd. and Grant St.
If postponed on any night, spraying will be rescheduled for the week beginning August 3, 2020.
The Project uses a spray formulation that contains the pesticide product, Anvil, to control mosquitoes. Anvil contains the pesticide, sumithrin, which is a pyrethroid that is classified as slightly toxic 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 their exposure. If residents see a spray truck approaching, they are advised to go indoors for a few 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 sunset.
If residents have any questions related to mosquitoes or mosquito control, contact the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project at 781-899-5730.