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BOSTON – The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) would like to advise residents and community members in Hyde Park and Readville of upcoming sprayings to help control the mosquito population in these neighborhoods.  The Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project will use truck-mounted aerosol sprayers to complete the work on Friday, July 26 between dusk and 11:30 p.m.  Spraying is scheduled to take place in the vicinity of Wolcott Sq. and Meadow Rd., on streets located between Truman Highway near the Milton border, and in areas located by the George Wright Golf Course near Gordon Ave., Austin St. and Deforest St.  If spraying needs to be postponed due to weather, it will be rescheduled for Monday, July 29.

The spray formulation utilizes the pesticide sumithrin to control the mosquito population.  Mosquito control applications of sumithrin do not pose a significant risk to people or pets due to the chemical’s low toxicity and small amount used in spraying.  As with any pesticide, people are advised to minimize their exposure to the chemical.  If people see a spray truck approaching, they should go indoors for a few minutes while the spray dissipates.  Residents are also advised to close any windows that face the street during the scheduled spraying hours.

While the pesticide poses little risk to people, BPHC and the Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project attempt to minimize the amount of aerosolized spraying that is done in the City of Boston.  Other methods of mosquito control, such as applying larvicides to catch basins and wetlands around the city, are a priority.

To help prevent mosquitoes from breeding, BPHC advises residents to limit places around the home where standing water can collect.  People should turn over unused flower pots, buckets, wheelbarrows, and garbage cans; remove leaves and other debris that can clog gutters and trap water; dispose of or cover old tires; and cover swimming pools when not in use.

Community members that have questions about the sprayings can contact the Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project at 781-899-5730.