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Hyde Park mosquito-spraying set for Friday night

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  July 23, 2013 04:22 PM

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Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project workers will spray areas of Hyde Park and Readville with mosquito-killing pesticide Friday night, the Boston Public Health Commission announced.

Between dusk and 11:30 p.m. on Friday, July 26, trucks equipped with aerosol equipment will spray in the areas of Wolcott Square and Meadow Road, around Truman Parkway near the Milton border, and around Deforest and Austin streets and Gordon Avenue near the George Wright Golf Course, the commission said in a statement Tuesday.

The spraying is intended to help control mosquito populations in these neighborhoods and thus reduce the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses to residents, the commission said. If weather conditions are not favorable, the sprayings will be rescheduled for Monday, July 29.

The pesticide used will be sumithrin, which has a low toxicity and is used in small amounts, and which does not pose a significant health risk to residents or pets, the commission said.

However, the commission encouraged residents to limit their exposure to the pesticide by going indoors and waiting for the liquid to dissipate if they are outside when a spray truck approaches and by closing any street-facing windows during spraying times.

The commission also recommended that residents limit opportunities for mosquitoes to breed by eliminating standing water that could collect in unused buckets, flowerpots, wheelbarrows, or garbage cans. It also suggested removing any debris that could clog gutters, trapping water inside; to cover swimming pools when not in use; and to cover or remove old vehicle tires.

The commission said that it and the Mosquito Control Project work to minimize spraying by prioritizing other mosquito-control methods, such as applying chemicals to catch basins and wetlands that will kill mosquito larvae.

Residents with questions about sprayings can contact the Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project at 781-899-5730.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com.
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