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.