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Posted on: April 19, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Aerial Application to Control Mosquito Larvae



The East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project will be conducting a helicopter application of the biological larvicide, Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis), to control mosquito larvae. Areas currently being evaluated in Reading are located near Brentwood Drive/Fairchild Drive, Lindsey Lane, Main Street/Nelson Avenue and off of Haverhill St. (near Timberneck Drive, Symonds Way, Charles Street). One helicopter application will take place between April 21, 2022 and May 6, 2022. The Bti will be applied in a granular formulation by a helicopter flying low directly over the wetlands. Residents do not need to take any special precautions for this application.

Bti is a natural occurring bacterium found in soil, and is classified by the EPA as relatively non-toxic. Bti is target specific and only affects mosquito larvae and a few closely related aquatic insects in the fly family. Bti breaks down quickly in the environment. The product to be used is VectoBac GS (EPA Registration #73049-10).

For further information contact the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project at 781-899-5730.

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