August 24 2020

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Wednesday Evening in Burlington


Mosquito spraying will once again be conducted in Burlington this week. 


According to a notice from the town, the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project is planning to use a truck mounted aerosol sprayer to apply Sumithrin in Burlington on Wednesday, August 26. All spraying is done between sunset and 11:30 p.m.


Spraying will be done in areas of Burlington that are located in the vicinity of Evelyn Street, Partridge Lane, Independence Drive, Elm Avenue, Meadowvale Avenue, Evergreen Avenue, Lantern Lane, and Wing Terrace.


If postponed, spraying will be rescheduled for the week beginning August 31. 


According to the post, East Middlesex uses a product called 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 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 sunset.


If residents have any questions related to mosquitoes or mosquito control, they can contact the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project at 781-899-5730. The spray schedule can be found at the Project website here.


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