Don't let pests ruin your fun.
As the weather improves and our threshold for isolation has been met, many are making their plans to enjoy the great outdoors. Last summer EEE was one of our biggest problems and we are gearing up for another potentially problematic season.
First, there are some bug spray basics we all must understand.
Spray in a even sweeping motion, paying close attention to ankles and knees. You should spray bug spray into your hands and then apply to ears/face. Avoid your mouth and eyes.
Apply sunscreen prior to applying bug spray
The higher level of active ingredients does not offer stronger protection. A high concentration of active ingredients means the product lasts longer.
The Central Mass mosquito control project has a calendar available on their website listing their spraying schedule. This calendar is for those that have requested spraying for their property. There is also a detailed daily update available on which streets with homes have requested spraying.
Additionally, advanced larvae treatment of specific areas containing 2 target mosquito species, was completed in Hopkinton to reduce the risk of EEE in our community. I copied this information directly from the website:
“Wetlands greater than 5 acres will be targeted by helicopter after ground-truthing confirms it is potential habitat for either of these 2 species, and wetlands smaller than 5 acres will be targeted by ground crews starting in a one mile radius around confirmed EEE isolations in 2019 (human, horse & mosquito).
Larval control products used by CMMCP are mainly bacterial-based. 2 of these products used at CMMCP for several years now are certified organic, and have good human-health safety profiles. The product of choice in most instances is Bacillus thuringiensis isrealensis, more commonly called Bti. Bti is a select pathogen of mosquito larvae, and does not impact other vertebrate or invertebrate species except for blackflies and a few species of midge. Several different sub strains of Bacillus thuringiensis are available on the market for additional pest species.”
Below is a map of the areas that were treated during this advanced control measure. If you would like to learn more about the process and products used for this advanced treatment, you can find the information here.