West Nile Virus Found Again In Tewksbury

Central Mass. Mosquito Control Project to conduct mosquito spraying on Tuesday, July 31.

(Editor's note: The following onformation was supplied by Timothy D. Deschamps, Executive Director Central Mass. Mosquito Control Project)

Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus were confirmed July 26 in a surveillance trap set by Central Mass. Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP) off Shawseen St. on July 19. We are currently working with the Tewksbury Board of Health, spraying in the area below will be done July 31, 2012.

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It’s important to note that spraying can only reduce but not eliminate the threat of mosquito-borne illness in the areas that are sprayed. That’s why it’s important for individuals to continue to take personal precautions against mosquito bites — both before and after any spraying is conducted.

Algonquin Dr.

 Ironwood Ln.

 Apache Way

 Leisag Dr.

 Armistice Rd.

 Memorial Dr.

 Birchwood Rd.

 Mill St.

 Birdie Ln.

 Mohawk Dr.

 Bridge St.

 Par Ln.

 Brookfield Rd.

 Riverdale Rd.

 Eagle Dr.

 Shawsheen St. (partial)

 Edgewood Rd.

 Towanda Rd.

 Fairway Dr.

 Wamesit Rd.

 Forest Rd.

 Wayside Rd.

 Geiger Dr.

 Windham Rd.

 Hillside Rd.



Avoid Mosquito Bites

  • Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. Otherwise, take extra care to use repellent 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.
  • Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label.  DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children.  Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.  Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin. 

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

  • Drain Standing Water - Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.  Contact 508.929.1300 if you have found an abandoned pool in your neighborhood. 
  • Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Information about WNV and reports of WNV activity in Massachusetts during 2010 can be found on the MDPH website at http://www.mass.gov/dph/wnv.  Recorded information about WNV is also available by calling the MDPH Public Health Information Line at 1-866-MASS-WNV (1-866-627-7968).

Corey July 30, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Who should be called to request additional areas be sprayed?
Bill Gilman (Editor) July 30, 2012 at 09:42 PM
You would want to get in touch with the Tewksbury Health Department. The director is Lou Anne Clement.
Melissa Gleaton July 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM
you can make an additional appointment by contacting the Central Mass. Mosquito Control Program. We've done it several years in a row. You fill out the request on their web site.
Gina July 31, 2012 at 09:59 AM
What time are they spraying
Tim Deschamps July 31, 2012 at 06:00 PM
After 8:00pm
Jon Ryans Pubs July 31, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Thanks so much Melissa. I went to their site and made the call. They told me they would spray the area around my restaurant this week. Nice job at getting the word out!
Jon Ryans Pubs July 31, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Thank you bill! The number to call is 1-508-393-3055
Michael Adams July 31, 2012 at 06:53 PM
if anyone has a sign on their property that says "no pesticides" they wont spray within 300 feet of that property.....so if your neighbor has a sign, then your out of luck within 300 feet.
Janellen27 July 31, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I was just informed that tonight they will spray the designated area only. If anyone wants to add their street, they can call 508.393.3055 before 3:30pm tomorrow and their streeet can be added. Chances are the spraying for additional streets won't be done until Monday.
missem31 August 01, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Why not just an aerial spraying of the whole town?
J. S. August 01, 2012 at 01:32 PM
The spray kills all insects, beneficials or not. If you have a garden then the spray would be quite harmful in terms of pollination. There are also always health risks in any types of pesticide spraying.
Jennifer Nagle August 01, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I'll take the health risks associated with spraying over getting EEE. :)
Melissa Gleaton August 01, 2012 at 03:18 PM
It rained last night, so I assume they are rescheduling this application. I have annually had CMMCP come spray our yard for the last 4 years. Considering this threat (however minor), I am making a request again for this year.
Janellen27 August 04, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I want to keep this conversation going because of its importance to our health. First, it did rain all night last week when they were supposed to spray, so I don't believe they did spray at all. Secondly, I left two messages in two different places to have my street sprayed and then followed my gut and called to see if I got on the list either time; I didn't! Hopefully, this coming week--Monday and/or Tuesday--they will spray. Thirdly, I am surprised that Tewksbury has NOT been includedin the list of towns that have found West Nile Virus in local mosquitos, according to the television news ! Fourth, when I spoke with the mosquito spraying person he was surprised that they had received "an awful lot of calls from Tewksbury"! Well, yes! Because we have infected mosquitos! Why don't they know that, either?
Janellen27 August 06, 2012 at 09:14 PM
TEWKSBURY STREETS will be sprayed tonight! Call (508) 393-3055 to see if your street is scheduled for spraying, or go to the website: www.cmmcp.org. Keep windows and doors closed, make sure pets and kids are inside.
Janellen27 August 06, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Various Streets in TEWKSBURY WILL BE SPRAYED TONIGHT! Call: (508) 393-3055 to see if your street is on the list, or visit the website: www.cmmcp.org. Make sure all windows and doors are closed. Be certain pets and children are inside.
Janellen27 August 10, 2012 at 03:56 AM
NOTE: This is NOT the most recent thread on the topic of Mosquito Spraying. Daniel posted one on August 6th, where this one leaves off, so please do a search for that article if you're following this topic.


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