Helicopter Mosquito Control Spraying April 19 + 20th

Helicopter Bti application to control mosquito larvae
Helicopter Mosquito Control Spraying April 19 + 20th

Wakefield - The annual April helicopter Bti application to control mosquito larvae has been scheduled to start on either Wednesday, April 19 or Thursday, April 20. 

With good weather, the application is typically completed in one day.

If anyone has any questions about the application, please contact.

David Henley, Superintendent

East Middlesex & Suffolk County Mosquito Control Projects

11 Sun St., Waltham, MA 02453-4101

emmcp.dh@verizon.net

781-899-5730 (office), 781-647-4988 (fax)

AERIAL APPLICATION TO CONTROL MOSQUITO LARVAE

 

The East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project will be conducting a helicopter application of the biological larvicide, Bti, to control mosquito larvae over large wetland areas of Wakefield.  Wetlands currently being evaluated for this application are located by Belmont Rd., Forest Rd., the Mill River flood plain by Nahant St. and Farm Rd., Shady Ave. and Sherman Rd. The application will take place between April 19 and April 27.  The Bti will be applied in a granular formulation by a helicopter flying low directly over the wetlands.   Residents do not need to take any special precautions for this application.

The material to be applied Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis) is a natural bacterium found in soil. The EPA classifies Bti as a relatively non-toxic pesticide.  Bti is considered a target selective and environmentally compatible pesticide that affects mosquito larvae and a few closely related aquatic insects in the fly family.  Once applied Bti stays suspended in water for 24 to 48 hours and then biodegrades as it settles to the bottom. The product name of the Bti is VectoBac G (EPA Reg.  #73049-10).

For further information contact the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project at

781-899-5730.         

East Middlesex & Suffolk County Mosquito Control Projects