Mosquito Spraying in Tewksbury Tonight

See if your street is being sprayed on Monday, Aug. 6.

Several streets in Tewksbury will be sprayed for mosquitoes on Monday night at dusk by the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project.

Check the list of streets below and follow these precautions to observe during a spray application, taken from the CMMCP website

  • Generally, there is no need to relocate during mosquito control spraying. The pesticides have been evaluated for this use and found to pose minimal risks to human health and the environment when used according to label directions. Although mosquito control pesticides pose low risks, some people may prefer to avoid or further minimize exposure. Some common sense steps to help reduce possible exposure to pesticides include:
  • Remain indoors during the application to the immediate area. (Please remain inside for 15-20 minutes to allow the pesticide to drift through the area, or longer at your discretion)
  • People who suffer from chemical sensitivities or feel spraying may aggravate a preexisting health condition, may consult their physician or local health department and take special measures to avoid exposure. (Please notify CMMCP to be placed on the “No Spray” list – 508.393.3055 or e-mail)
  • Close street-facing windows and turn off the outside air setting on window air conditioners when spraying is taking place in the immediate area. (Central air units do not take in outside air, it’s OK to leave them on. You may open windows and activate window AC units 15-20 minutes after the application, or longer at your discretion)
  • Do not let children play near or behind truck-mounted applicators when they are in use. (Pets should be brought inside if possible or their cages covered to allow a more thorough application to be performed – any accidental exposure to pets should not cause a problem, CMMCP is using a pesticide similar to ones used for flea and tick control)

The street spraying list for Monday, Aug. 6:

Allen Rd.

Apache Way

Aprils Way

Autumn Ln.

 Baldwin St.

 Brentwood Rd.

 Brian Ln.

 Briarwood Rd.

 Bridge St.

 Brown St.

 California Rd.

 Captain Cir.

 Catamount Rd.

 Cayuga Rd.

 Charlotte Rd.

 Chester Cir.

 Chester St.

 Chestnut Rd.

 Cobbett St.

 County Rd.

 Dirlam Circle

 Eagles Landing condos

 East St.

 East St.

 Edgar Ave.

 Euclid Rd.

 Finn St.

 Finn St.

 Foster Rd.

 French St.

 Hawthorne Cir.

 Heath St.

 Heidenrich Dr.

 Heidenrich Dr.

 Hill St.

 Indian Hill Rd.

 Indian Ridge Condos

 Jefferson Rd.

 Jennies Way

 Jennie's Way

 Jennie's Way

 Katie Way

 Kendall Rd.

 Kendall Rd.

 Kennedy Rd.

 Kennedy Rd.

 Kimberly Dr.

 Lakeview Ave.

 Leary Dr.

 Lincoln Rd.

 Livingston St.

 Livingston St.

 Livingston St.

 Louis Rd.

 Louis Rd.

 Louisiana Rd.

 Lowe St.

 Lucille Dr.

 Main St.

 Main St.

 Maple Rd.

 Maplewood Rd.

 Maplewood Rd.

 Maplewood Rd.

 Marie St.

 Maryland Rd.

 Michigan Rd.

 Moonlight Dr.

 Mount Joy Dr.

 North Billerica Rd.

 Northgate Rd.

 Oregon Rd.

 Overlook Dr.

 Oxford Rd.

 Patten Rd.

 Pine St.

 Pinnacle St.

 Pleasant St.

 Pleasant St.

 Pupkis Rd.

 Salem Rd.

 South St.

 South St.

 Stonebury Way

 Summer St.

 Trull Rd.

 Vale St.

 Wescott Cir.

 Whipple Rd.

Melissa Gleaton August 06, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Interesting. The first report of West Nile came from a trap on Shawsheen St., but Shawsheen St. is not listed here. Do we know if they are doing the Town over multiple days?
southie August 06, 2012 at 10:58 PM
They already did shawsheen and some of the streets off of it last week July 31st. It was done before it it started to rain.Only need about an hour for the chemical to work.
Daniel DeMaina (Editor) August 06, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Southie's correct, Melissa. You can see previously sprayed streets here: http://www.cmmcp.org/TEWKSBURY2012.htm
Karyn August 06, 2012 at 11:57 PM
How about North St.? Ours and several neighbor's back wooded properties border the Great Swamp.
Daniel DeMaina (Editor) August 07, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I don't see North Street listed on the CMMCP website, Karyn, but the areas being sprayed tonight are at citizens' requests according to the website. You may contact the CMMCP at 508.393.3055 or cmmcp@cmmcp.org to inquire about having your neighborhood sprayed.
Karyn August 07, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Thanks, Daniel....I was just wondering as they seemed to be spraying "all around me" as in East, Kendall, and Catamount which are all off my street which they would have to travel down anyway to get to those locations so could just "spray on the way!"
Janellen27 August 07, 2012 at 06:08 AM
DANIEL, not only did they spell the street incorrectly (and, I always spell the street, for that very reason!), but they couldn't have botched the instructions any worse if they had tried! After THREE detailed requests, via three different avenues, they did NOT spray my entire street (with wetlands abutting our properties) and the street across from me beside the river; they sprayed in front of my house only!). I just sent an E-mail to the company and copied three town officials, and after waiting and watching for the truck to return, which it didn't, and calling the Police Dispatcher, I am finally going to bed. I have put a ton of energy into this topic for the last 10 days and am rather disgusted. It appears these people could screw up a one-car funeral!
"the eyes of T-Bury" August 07, 2012 at 11:32 AM
i guess there's no mosquitos on chandler st or whipple road! either that or we live under a dome! no place did it mention spraying these streets.
Lauren August 07, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Did they actually spray all the roads listed? I had the windows open and was listening for it all night, and did not hear them come down Kennedy. Of course, it was probably the 10 minutes I went down to the basement....
Barbara Saunders August 07, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Lauren - I don't know if you would hear anything - the truck doesnt make noise - i was out walking last week when they did the other side of town.
Lauren August 07, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Good to know. I thought in previous years it was a pretty noisy thing. Must have some new equipment :)
Joe August 07, 2012 at 02:06 PM
very ironic......I get the message on Tuesday morning August 7th, that they are spraying Monday August 6th and what to do
Barbara Saunders August 07, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Lauren, it's a dark blue pickup truck with a piece of equipment in the back that sprays - the spray is not something you can see. (I remember as a kid seeing a cloud of smoke that we all run in, not the case anymore) -
Melissa Gleaton August 07, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Thank you... Last we heard was that they were going to spray in the evening, but then it was raining. Would have been nice to have been notified of the change in schedule to keep pets inside, etc. But I'm glad it's done.
Janellen27 August 07, 2012 at 05:48 PM
When they are actually spraying, that truck is VERY noisy! Although I did see the yellow blinking light in front of myhouse last night, I did not hear any noise.
Janellen27 August 07, 2012 at 05:49 PM
JOE: "Got the message" how--a Red Alert, a Reverse 911?
Janellen27 August 07, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I did my best to keep people informed by replying to the most recent thread w/updates since the last time they did spray, and since my last communication w/Bill indicated he didn't know what was up. Apparently, noone was reading my updates. Surprisingly, It seemed as if the readers had lost interest! Yesterday afternoon, knowing they were spraying last evening, out of concern for pets and children, etc., I also notified Daniel, too, and he put up his article here.
Janellen27 August 07, 2012 at 06:07 PM
RE my first comment in this thread: I got an E-mail reply from the company today stating that they sprayed around my property last night. My property is a fenced in acre, so they didn't spray much! As stated above, I had asked that they spray my entire street and, at least, one other. The E-mail also stated that someone would stop by my house to "discuss" what could be done. I don't need another conversation. I need the neighborhood sprayed! What part of the English language don't these people understand! From reading some of these comments, and knowing things appear to be different this year from other years, I'm beginning to wonder if someone may be skimping, due to budgetary reasons. If any of you have any concerns, write or call the company and the Board of Health and Town Manager's office, as I did. This is a serious situation w/these two diseases.
Janellen27 August 07, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Barbara: If there was no noise, and since there is apparently no visible cloud these days, how then would you know they were actually spraying?
Dave August 07, 2012 at 06:28 PM
What about Franklin St / Glenwood Rd?
Melissa Gleaton August 07, 2012 at 08:49 PM
From my experience with CMMCP, when you call to make a request, you are requesting ONLY for your property. You can't ask on behalf of a whole street or a whole town. When they've come to my house, they've driven the truck around back and sprayed at the back of the house (that's where I've requested service).
Melissa Gleaton August 07, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Sorry, I don't get all the Patch update notifications and can only get online so much.
Janellen27 August 07, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Interesting. From my experience, noone on this street, or abutting streets, has ever had to call before. They just do it, probably per order of The Board of Health. This time, since I definitely wanted to insure that the area would be done, I went way out of my way by first leaving a phone message on the Bd. of Health's phone line, secondly, by asking the PD Dispatcher to call the company's driver for me, and thirdly, by calling the company myself. The entire street was noted in the listing for yesterday, and yet, they didn't do it! My experience trying to get anything done in this town is that what I have had to go through thus far, is totally average and "normal" for The Town of Tewksbury. And, guess what. . . none of the Town officials that I wrote to last night wrote back! Par for the course here. There's no reason under the sun that I--or, any other Resident--should have to take the measures that I have just taken and NOT get results, but it's absolutely typical!
Barbara Saunders August 09, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Janellen - in answer to your question of how would i know they were spraying, i guess i don't know - what i can tell you is they were driving slowly and had their hazard lights on. i guess it was just an assumption on my part that they were spraying, since in my 1 mile walk i saw them on several different streets off of foster road. I will have to say my friend and i were thinking - i hope this stuff isnt toxic cuz the guy just waved at us and didnt say anything.
Janellen27 August 10, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Barbara: Driving slowly with the hazard lights on but with no very loud noise coming from the spray machine in the back of the truck probably means they were just cruising and NOT spraying. I suspect they were not spraying, also, just based on the fact that the driver waved and DIDN"T say anything! Let's hope he'd be kind enough to at least tell you to hold your breath for 10 minutes! Ha! Also, Barbara: Are you part of the Saunders Family of Tewksbury that goes back to the 1700's, if not before? If so, you might want to let the DPW Sign Department know they spelled your name incorrectly on the sign at the corner of Livingston and East: SAUNDER FIELD. No money in the budget for the "S"? Pitiful.
Janellen27 August 10, 2012 at 03:41 AM
The Continuing Saga of the Mosquito Spray People: Today I sent an E-mail referencing their last E-mail to me saying they'd send another Tech to my door after 5:30PM today. (I had replied saying I didn't need a Tech coming to my door; I need the neighborhood sprayed!) Since I hadn't heard anything further, in today's E-mail I asked if they were going to a) sent the Tech, or b) spray the neighborhood. OK, I'm in the house the entire day, haven't even gone outside. Never heard a doorbell, the dog never barked, the cat never jumped. At 8:30pm, I notice ANOTHER tag on the outside of the front door stating that the WILL SPRAY the entire NEIGHBORHOOD. Great. WHEN! So, I'm spending my time listening carefully for the doorbell, never hear one, but find the tag on the door. Well, there goes that conversation (the one about spraying my backyard--specifically, a la Melissa's suggestion--that I MIGHT have been able to have had if the doorbell had been rung. Whatever.)
Janellen27 August 10, 2012 at 03:45 AM
ONE MORE THING: I'm still wondering why on every station at every News broadcast I'm hearing a ton of hooplah about infected mosquitos in Nickerson State Forest, and several towns surrounding the Cape and still have yet to hear one mention of infected mosquitos in this town! Whose responsibility is it to inform the public of the danger of these two life-threatening infections? OK. . . . I'll call all the News Departments at all the stations, since our Town Officials are all on vacation throughout this nasty, little epidemic.
Barbara Saunders August 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Janellen - i am not part of that Saunders Family - but i will say we laugh everytime we see the sign.
Janellen27 August 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Glad you and your family have a sense of humor, Barbara! I guess Vanna was on vacation the day they handed out the letters for the sign! Ha!
Janellen27 August 11, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I am happy to announce that, after three+ weeks, I have finally managed to get my neighborhood sprayed. . . no thanks to the three Town Officials I contacted. I received an E-mail this morning from CMMCP informing me that the spraying was done last evening--apparently, while I was out doing errands, leaving my cats lying right in front of the air-conditioner, which of course, was on. The representative informed me that since A/C's do not take air from the outside, there is no problem. Phew! That's a relief! The representative also told me that since the sprayer machines are relatively new, they are very quiet. . . so, one may not hear them, afterall!


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