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Another round of mosquito spraying in Peabody

Posted by Terri Ogan  August 27, 2013 02:51 PM

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Due to a second identification of West Nile Virus-infected mosquitoes just over the border in Lynnfield, the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control District has recommended an additional targeted pesticide treatment in Peabody.

A first round of spraying was completed on Aug. 14, but officials have recommended a second round for precautionary measures.

The second treatment will be conducted on Wednesday Aug. 28 after 8 p.m. in certain neighborhoods bounded by Winona, Lake, and Lowell streets to the Lynnfield line.

In addition, public parks such as Kennedy fields, Corbeil Park, Ross Park, Symphony Park, and the Peabody Independence Greenway bike path, will be sprayed as well.

The Peabody Health Department is not urging residents to take special precautions to prepare for the spray activity, but some may choose to stay indoors or close windows and shut off air conditioners when the truck is on their street until the truck passes.
 
Although the risk for West Nile in Peabody is considered low, the health department is reminding residents of the importance to continue to take personal precautions against mosquitoes, including insect repellent, wearing long sleeves or other protective clothing, minimizing outdoor activity between dusk and dawn, and eliminating standing water around the home.

More detailed information is available at www.mass.gov/dph/wnv, at the Peabody Health Department at City Hall, and on the city’s website.

Terri Ogan can be reached at oganglobe@gmail.com, or follow her on Twitter.

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