The East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project will be controlling mosquitoes in Reading using truck mounted aerosol sprayers on Monday, July 30th between dusk and 11:30 PM. Spraying is scheduled for neighborhoods that are located north of Salem St. between Main St. and Haverhill St. Spraying will also be done in the vicinity of Forest St., Covey Hill Rd., Grove St. and near Lowell St. from Priscilla Rd. and High St. to the Wilmington border. Other areas to be sprayed include West St. from Winslow Rd. to the Wilmington border and near Summer Ave. between
Willow St. and King St. If spraying is postponed, it will be rescheduled for Tuesday, July 31st.
The Project uses a spray formulation containing the pesticide, sumithrin, to control mosquitoes. Sumithrin is a synthetic pyrethroid that is classified as a slightly toxic pesticide by the EPA. Mosquito control applications of sumithrin do not pose a significant risk to people or their pets due to the low toxicity of sumithrin and the small amount used to control mosquitoes. As with any pesticide, people should minimize exposure. If residents see a spray truck approaching, they are advised to go indoors for a couple of minutes while the spray dissipates. Residents are also advised to close windows facing the street.
Jane M. Fiore, RN,CHO
Health Services Administrator
Town of Reading
16 Lowell Street
Reading, MA 01867