NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — The New Bedford Health Department has announced that targeted ground spraying for mosquitoes is planned for the town.
According to the town, the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project will conduct the spraying early on the morning of Thursday, July 21 between the hours of 2 a.m. and sunrise, weather permitting.
A news release stated that the following areas will be sprayed: Buttonwood Park, Brooklawn Park, Fort Tabor, Hazelwood Park, Riverside Park, Clasky Park, Ashley Park, the Poor Farm area, Custom House Square and Downtown area.
Residents in those areas may want to close their windows the evening before the spraying occurs, advised the Health Department.
The town stated other residents may request a ground spray in their area by calling the Bristol County Mosquito Control project at (508) 823-5253, between 8:00am – 2:00pm (June – September), or contacting them by E-mail at RequestBristolMCP@comcast.net.
The New Bedford Health Department also states that there are many ways to protect yourself from mosquito-borne diseases, such as EEE and West Nile Virus:
- Be aware of peak mosquito hours – dusk to dawn, try rescheduling activities that take place in the evening or early morning
- Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites, cover up
- Apply Insect Repellent while outdoors – use a repellent with DEET, permethrin, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus
- Drain standing water – mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, try eliminating the number of potential breeding grounds around your house.
- Install and maintain screens around windows and doors
While the Health Department stated that the risk of contracting the Zika virus in the Massachusetts area is very low, if you or your partner is planning on traveling, you can learn more about the disease by visiting the Disease Control and Prevention website.