Methuen to Spray for Mosquitos



DATE:                        August 19, 2013                                 

CONTACT:    William J. Buckley, Director of Economic & Community Development


Methuen to Treat for Mosquitoes


Mayor Stephen Zanni, the Methuen Public Schools and the City of Methuen Board of Health want to inform residents that Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control (NEMMC) will conduct targeted spraying throughout the City at the schools and recreational fields prior to the opening of school.


The spraying is being conducted as a precautionary measure as there have been several positive samples of West Nile Virus (WNV) and EEE within the NEMMC district.  There have been no positive tests within the City of Methuen.  However, in an effort to decrease human health risk in the City, the treatment will be used to decrease the population of adult mosquitoes in the targeted area.  Treatment spraying will begin on Thursday, August 22, 2013 from the hours of 8:00 pm until 4:00 am.  Operations may continue on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm if needed due to unfavorable weather conditions on Thursday such as temperature, rain or high winds. 


The spraying material to be used is Duet, a Sumithrin-based product with low mammalian toxicity and will be sprayed using truck based equipment.  Barrier spraying at the fields with utilize a product called Suspend  SC, as needed.  No special precautions by residents are needed at this time.  If you wish, you can close windows if you reside in close proximity to any of the schools or fields.  Any outdoor furniture or equipment can be used at sunrise the following morning.  The fields can also be used the following morning.


Avoid mosquito bites and reduce mosquito populations around their home and neighborhoods.  By taking a few, common-sense precautions, you can help protect yourself and your family:


 Avoid Mosquito Bites

·               Be aware of peak mosquito hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Limit your time outdoors during these peak periods of mosquito activity Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that take place during evening or early morning hours. Otherwise, take extra care to use bug spray and protective clothing.

·               Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

·               Take special care to cover up the arms and legs of children playing outdoors.  When you bring a baby outdoors, cover the baby’s carriage or playpen with mosquito netting.

·               Apply bug spray when you go outdoors. Use a mosquito repellent that contains DEET or Picaridin.  Oil of lemon eucalyptus may also be considered.  Products with permethrin should only be used on clothing. Always follow the directions on the label. Repellents should not be used on children younger than two months of age.  Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

1. Tenney Grammar School and fields behind school     
    Field accessible from Pleasant View Street through Davis Road            75 Pleasant Street
2.  Timony Grammar School and
     football fields and track adjacent to the school                                    45 Pleasant View Street
3.  Marsh Grammar School and field in the rear                                       309 Pelham Street
4.  Comprehensive Grammar School and field in rear                               100 Howe Street

     Field accessible from Kensington Street off of Howe Street

5.  Methuen High School and adjacent field                                            1 Ranger Road
6.  Neil Playstead Fields                                                                         Lawrence Street
7.  Burnham Road Fields                                                                        Burnham Road
8.  Riverside Drive Park                                                                          Riverside Drive
9.  Gill Ave Fields                                                                                 Gill Ave
10. Veterans Park                                                                                  Milk Street
      Behind Parlex Corp. by Burger King
11.  Ashford Fields                                                                                 Ashford Street
12.  Potters Field                                                                                   Pelham Street
       Field Next to Outback Steakhouse
13.  Woodland Street Fields                                                                Haverhill Street
       Fields next to YMCA
14.  Pleasant valley School play area                                                  180 Pleasant Valley
NOTE: All field locations in italics are city owned.