July 12 2016

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Wednesday Night in Burlington

By: Rich Hosford

Burlington residents should be aware that there will be mosquito spraying in town this week.  


The East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project will be controlling mosquitoes using truck-mounted aerosol sprayers in parts of Burlington on Wednesday, July 13 between dusk and 11:30 p.m. 


Areas to be sprayed are located south of Bedford Street between Cambridge Street and the Middlesex Turnpike. In addition streets in the vicinity of Corcoran Road, College Road, Muller Road and Eugene Road will be sprayed.


The Project uses a spray formulation containing 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, according to the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project.  However, as with any pesticide, people should minimize exposure. If you see a spray truck approaching, you are advised to go indoors for a couple of minutes while the spray dissipates. 


Residents are also advised to close windows facing the street. 


Beekeepers do not need to take any special precautions, since spraying begins after dusk.


Information regarding the schedule and areas to be sprayed is available via a recorded message at (781) 893-5759 and at the Project’s website. If residents have any questions related to the spraying or any questions on mosquitoes, call the Burlington Health Dept. at (781) 899-5730. 



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