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Posted on: May 14, 2020

[ARCHIVED] UPDATE: Enhanced Larval Control Measures for EEE Mitigation - May 26, 2020

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In 2019, we saw unprecedented levels of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in the MetroWest area. Twelve (12) CMMCP member communities were designated as “Critical” risk (Ashland, Grafton, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hopedale, Marlborough, Milford, Northborough, Northbridge, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Sturbridge, and Westborough) and an additional eleven (11 ) were designated as “High” risk (Auburn, Berlin, Blackstone, Boylston, Hudson, Millbury, Millville, Sherborn, Stow, and Webster) for EEE. 

Several control measures were implemented by CMMCP, the MA Department of Public Health (MDPH), and the State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board in 2019 for risk-reduction including larval control, public education, and both truck-mounted and aerial adulticiding.

The Central MA Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP) is scheduled to start round 1 of these applications on Saturday, May 23, 2020 - RESCHEDULED TO THE MORNING OF MAY 26, 2020 (COMPLETED ROUND 1 APPLICATION AS OF 2:38 P.M.) 

2020 Program details and treatment maps are available at: Central MA Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP)

Rotary equipment (helicopter) will be used for these applications in areas greater than five (5) acres, and follow up treatments by hand or backpack applications will be done in smaller habitats by CMMCP field staff. The helicopter will maintain a buffer zone around homes. 

The application is a granular product (not liquid). If residents would like to close their windows, please feel free to do so but it is not necessary.  Pets can be inside or out, as there is very little toxicity to animals. Plants do not need to be covered, as it’s a certified organic product.

Please click the Enhanced Larval Control Measures for EEE link below for additional information and an aerial map*.

*Maps are subject to change

Enhanced Larval Control Measures for EEE
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