Mosquito Spraying Planned for Highland Street on Monday night

The Highland Street area of Hamilton will be sprayed for mosquitoes on Monday night.

For the third time this summer, spraying for mosquitoes will happen on Monday night in Hamilton.

Health Agent Leslie Whalen said on Saturday that mosquitoes have tested positive for both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. A Connect-CTY phone call also wnet out to town residents on Sunday afternoon.

“As a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne illness, targeted truck spraying in the area along Highland Street and roads west of Highland Street will be conducted in Hamilton on Monday, Sept. 10 between the hours of 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. - weather permitting,” she said in announcing the latest spraying. “Residents in the targeted areas are asked to stay indoors during the spraying.”

The spraying will not happen if it is raining or the temperature is below 60 degrees.

Monday night’s forecast call for a dry evening with temperatures dropping from a daytime high of 70 into the 40s by daybreak on Tuesday.

Additional mosquito traps will be placed around Hamilton to continue to test for West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Previously, there has been spraying twice after .

Anybody who does not want their property sprayed can fill out a form and submit it to the Board of Health at .

The Board of Health offers this tips for Monday evening in the area where spraying is scheduled to occur: Additional steps that can be taken to minimize or avoid exposure when truck spraying is scheduled to take place include:

• People with asthma and/or other respiratory conditions may wish to stay indoors, since it is possible that if exposure to pesticide spray occurred, it could aggravate those conditions. These individuals may want to consult their physician for further advice.

• Keep windows closed and fans off. Shut off air conditioners unless they have a setting for recirculating indoor air.

• Rinse any homegrown fruits and vegetables with water as is typically done before cooking or eating them.

• Keep pets indoors during spraying to minimize their risk of exposure.

• If skin and/or clothes or other items are exposed to the sprayed pesticide, wash with soap and water.

• If the spray gets in your eyes, immediately rinse them with water or eye drops, and call your doctor.

Jeff Landis September 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM
It would make sense if the town issued a list of all streets that will be sprayed. Is it Highland St from the Wenham line to the Ipswich line and every single street that runs west off of Highland? Be more specific please!
robb moffett September 10, 2012 at 11:59 AM
I made a simple mosquito fan trap for a dollar that hooks to a cheap box fan that will eliminate all indoor mosquitoes and if left outside, will over time remove them from the neighborhood. It only costs about a dollar in raw materials if you have a fan. I put the video on how you can easily make my fan trap on youtube. You can run a fan all month long for about 2 dollars worth of electricity. How to make a $1 Homemade Mosquito Bag Fan Trap kills bugs dead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXHEvHylsHg
Robert Gates (Editor) September 10, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Jeff, We just heard from Nancy Stevens, the administrative assistant to the Board of Health. The answer to your question is yes.
Sara Madden September 10, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I would like to request that my property not be sprayed. When I investigated how to do this , it said a request had to be made by March 1st. Now how is that helpful when we are notifyed the night before they are about to spray.
Robert Gates (Editor) September 10, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Sara, the form is attached to this story as a PDF. I was under the impression these requests could be handled as the spraying schedule is announced, but we will check to get some further clarification.
Michelle Bailey September 10, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Opting out needs to be done no later than March 1st each year and is in effect for a year starting on April 1st. Many people like the spraying, but those that don't have the opportunity to opt out under CMR 333-13(b) by supplying your Town Clerk with a certified letter providing the name, address, and telephone number (if any) of the person requesting the exclusion, the address of the property to be excluded, and a description of the types of pesticide application programs for which exclusion is requested.
Robert Gates (Editor) September 10, 2012 at 07:47 PM
The Hamilton Board of Health and the Northeast Mosquito Control District will do their best to update the GPS on the spray truck with any last-minute information, according to Hamilton Health Agent Leslie Whelan. But it may not be possible to get last minute information uploaded in a short period of time, she said. Your best bet it to submit the information sooner than later.
Michael September 11, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I went to the Northeast Mosquito Control District website and did a bit of research. Seems like the spraying is referred to as "Adulticiding". From what I can determine, they use a product commercially known as Anvil. There are numerous chemicals and warnings that come along with this product. Under section 3 of the "Suspend" insecticide it contains the following warning: SECTION 3. HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION NOTE: Please refer to Section 11 for detailed toxicological information. Emergency Overview Caution! Hazard to humans and domestic animals. Harmful if inhaled. Do not breathe vapours or spray mist. Contact with product may result in transient tingling and reddening of the skin. Remove and wash contaminated clothing before re-use. Physical State liquid suspension Odor none Appearance white Routes of Exposure Inhalation, Skin contact Immediate Effects Skin Contact with product may result in transient tingling and reddening of the skin. Inhalation Harmful if inhaled. Do not breathe vapours or spray mist. Potential Environmental Effect Extremely toxic to fish and aquatic invertebrates. Lastly, it ends with a message from Bayer pharmaceuticals stating "This information is provided in good faith but without express or implied warranty. The customer assumes all responsibility for safety and use not in accordance with label instructions. The product names are registered trademarks of Bayer."
River Divine October 04, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Spraying is an extremely irresponsible response from the health depts in various towns around this area. Pesticide exposure is linked to Parkinson's disease, hormonal- based cancers (such as breast cancer, prostrate cancer), ADHD, non Hodgkins lymphoma, asthma, and other very serious diseases in humans. These chemicals leach into our water supply, where we end up ingesting these poisons; they are distributed through the air on wind currents, where we breathe these poisons in. These chemicals negatively effect our nervous systems (the same biological process that kills mosquitos via their nervous system). Multiple sprayings are even worse, as there is a cumulative detrimental effect. Mosquito spraying destroys beneficial insects, as well as the birds and bats which are KEY to eliminating mosquito populations. The spraying kills bees which are key to pollination and the ecosystem. The spraying exposes wild animals- as well as to our dogs, cats, horses, cows, goats, sheep, etc- to these dangerous neurotoxins, as well. While the mosquito control/chemical companies profit from these applications, it is certain that the rest of us are victims to their poisoning- much more than any mosquito. The cost of blasting poisons in our neighborhood in an attempt to 'hit' a virus-carrying mosquito FAR exceeds any minimal benefit it may attempt to provide.


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