Auburn, Millbury, Sturbridge, Webster among targeted towns

The Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP) and North Fork Helicopters will perform aerial applications for larval mosquito control from May 21 to May 31. The CMMCP said these applications will occur in low-lying swampy areas where mosquito larvae are present using a granular form of Spinosad, a certified organic, naturally occurring soil bacterium.

While the planned time frame covers the final 10 days of the month, CMMCP noted that weather, especially high winds and rain, will determine the actual dates of application.

“In 2019 we saw unprecedented levels of EEE in the MetroWest area,” read a statement released this week by CMMCP. “12 CMMCP member communities were designated as ‘Critical’ risk, and an additional 11 were designated as ‘High’ risk for EEE.”

Those towns labeled as critical risk last year included Ashland, Grafton, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Milford, Northborough, Northbridge, Shrewsbury, Southborough, and Westborough. High risk communities included Auburn, Boylston, Hudson, Millbury, Millville, Sherborn, Stow, Sturbridge, and Webster.

“Several control measures were implemented by CMMCP, the Mass. Department of Public Health and the State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board in 2019 for risk-reduction including larval control, public education, and both truck-mounted and aerial adulticiding,” reported CMMCP.

3 thoughts on “Aerial spraying to battle EEE scheduled for May 21-31”

  1. I dont see Oxford MA . What the heck is wrong with my town. We will be the mosquito haven from all the other towns around.

  2. Uxbridge needs to spray we are in the middle of all other towns this is a high risk really they sprayed last year very upsetting

  3. There is a swampy area right behind my house where a couple of brooks merge into Cohasse brook between Eastford Rd and Elm St in Southbridge. Will you be spraying that area?

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