Below is an announcement from Wilmington’s Health Department from the town’s most recent Town Topics newsletter:
Please remember that Wilmington is part of the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project and routine spraying and larvicide treatment is conducted throughout the summer.
Generally, it is not necessary to relocate during mosquito control spraying. The pesticides have been evaluated for this use and found to pose minimal risks to human health and the environment when used according to label directions. Although mosquito control pesticides pose low risks, some people may prefer to avoid exposure. To reduce exposure, listen and watch for announcements about spraying in the local media and remain indoors during application to the immediate area. Residents may call CMMCP each day after 3:30 p.m., 1-508-393-3055, for a list of streets scheduled for spraying. The information is also posted on their website www.cmmcp.org.
- Remain inside for 15-20 minutes to allow the pesticide to drift through the area. People who suffer from chemical sensitivities or feel spraying may aggravate a preexisting health condition, should consult their physician and take special measures to avoid exposure if they feel this is necessary. Please check this link to find out how to exclude your property: https:// www.cmmcp.org/pesticide-information/pages/pesticideexclusion.
- Close street-facing windows and turn off the “outside air” setting (if any) on window air conditioners when spraying is taking place in the immediate area. (Central air units do not take in outside air, it is OK to leave them on.) Windows may be opened 15-20 minutes after the application.
- Do not let children play near, or behind, truck-mounted applicators when they are in use. Pets should be brought inside, or their cages covered, to allow a more thorough application to be performed. Accidental exposure to pets should not cause a problem, the pesticide being used is similar to ones used for flea and tick control.
- Always practice proactive mosquito control around your home. Removing standing water around your home is important. Fix broken screens. Wear long sleeved light colored clothing during dawn and dusk. Use insect repellant containing DEET.
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