Mosquito Spraying Program | 2018
Northeast Mosquito Control performs routine spraying each year.
Targeted areas may not always be published since residents may call themselves to request this service from Northeast Mosquito Control.
The vehicle that sprays is a white pickup truck with a piece of apparatus on the rear of the truck that sprays synthetic pyrethoids. Spraying will not be done in front of a property where people or pets are observed to be outdoors or where signage is displayed that declines spraying.
Steps to be followed in areas where spraying is scheduled to take place include:
- If the immediate area of your home is being sprayed, keep windows closed and fans off during the time spraying occurs. Shut off air conditioners unless they have a setting for recirculating indoor air. In very hot weather, make sure you open the windows or turn fans and air conditioners back on soon after the spraying is completed in your immediate area. If you are not sure if your air conditioner can be set to recirculate indoor air, turn it off when spraying is occurring in your immediate area.
- Rinse any homegrown fruits and vegetables with water.
- Keep pets indoors when spraying is occurring in your immediate area. Pets that remain outdoors could be exposed to small amounts of synthetic pyrethoids, but would not be expected to experience adverse health effects from the spraying. There are many pesticide products (e.g., flea collars, pet shampoo, dips) containing pyrethoids that are used directly on pets to control ticks and insects.
- If skin or clothes or other items are exposed to the sprayed pesticide, wash with soap and water.
- If the spray gets in your eyes, immediately rinse them with water or eye drops, and call your doctor.
- Because pyrethoids breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, and considering dilution factors, no special precaution or waiting periods are recommended for outdoor swimming pools or beaches.
What health impacts among the general population can be expected with the spraying of synthetic pyrethoids?
Due to the very low concentrations of synthetic pyrethoids used to control mosquitoes during spraying, adverse health effects are not expected.
Have studies been conducted on possible health effects following spraying for mosquito control?
Yes. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that when administered properly in a mosquito-control program, insecticides pose a low risk for acute, temporary health effects among persons in areas that are being sprayed and among workers handling and applying insecticides.
Short videos on preventing tick and mosquito-borne diseases are available for your use at: www.mass.gov/mosquitoesandticks
If you have questions about forecasts of mosquito activity or current control operations for your area, please contact the Inspectional Services Public Health Division at (781) 598-4000 or visit: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/factsheets/m-o/mosquito-spraying.pdf
Mosquito-West Nile Virus | Archive
West Nile Virus is a disease most commonly spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people infected with WNV won’t have any symptoms and will recover on their own, but some may develop fever, headache, nausea, rash or more serious symptoms.
Targeted spraying is not currently planned for the City of Lynn at this time. Please check back for future announcements of targeted spraying.
The Mayor’s office and the Health Department would like to remind residents that the aim of spraying (if required) is to lower the overall mosquito population and reduce the numbers of infected mosquitos in the affected areas. Spraying reduces, but cannot completely eliminate infected Mosquitos. Therefore, it cannot eliminate the threat of mosquito-borne illness. That is why it is very important for all residents, regardless if they live in the affected area, to take personal precautions against mosquito bites.
||* Use insect repellent with DEET but not more than 30% for children
* Wear long sleeves, pants and socks when possible
* Avoid outdoors during peak mosquito hours beginning at dusk
* Repair all screens
* Empty standing water in toys, yard, tires, where mosquitos breed
* Use netting over baby carriages and play yards
The City of Lynn has worked closely with the MA Department of Public Health and the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control District throughout the season to reduce the risk of illness spread by mosquitoes. Mosquito pools are tested weekly from May to September in order to help identify infected mosquitoes. In addition pesticide treatment of catch basins (where mosquitoes lay their eggs) was performed throughout the City this summer.
Information about WNV and reports of current and historical WNV activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website. You may also contact the Lynn Public Health Clinic at (781) 586-6837 for more information.
See the next tab on the left for Property Exclusion From Pesticides which is a designation that must be made each year prior to March 1st.