Tri-town schedules aerial spraying to lower risk of EEE in mosquitoes
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources have stated that that aerial spraying for mosquitoes will take place in most of Marion and parts of Mattapoisett possibly as early as Thursday, Aug. 8. It is anticipated the spraying will reoccur in a few weeks.
No human cases of EEE have been detected so far this year.
The ability to spray is weather dependent and may change. We are encouraging residents to visit the DPH’s website (http://www.mass.gov/guides/aerial-mosquito-control-summer-2019) for the latest updates on aerial spraying.
Aerial spraying is conducted by airplane in areas of concern during early evening and nighttime hours. There are no health risks expected during or after spraying. No special precautions are recommended, however, residents can reduce exposure by staying indoors during spraying.
The town encourages residents move outdoor activities scheduled from disk til dawn to the indoors or earlier in the day to decrease the risk of mosquito bites. Residents are also recommended to use a mosquito repellant when outdoors during the day hours. After aerial spraying has taken place, residents should remain vigilant for personal protection against mosquito bites.