Mosquito Spraying – Recreation Areas in Acton - Thursday September 12, 2019
As you may know, there has been an increase in EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) cases in Massachusetts this year. Acton is currently listed as being at moderate risk for EEE by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (see http://www.mosquitoresults.com/).
In coordination with the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP) we are scheduled to spray the following recreational and sports fields on Thursday September 12, 2019. The spraying will start after dusk and the fields will be available to access the following morning.
- Concord Road Field – 104 Concord Road
- Elm Street Fields & Playground – 19 Elm Street
- Gardner Field & Playground – 530 Mass Avenue
- Goward Playground – 486 Main Street
- Jones Field & Playground – 54 Martin Street
- MacPherson Field – 80 Taylor Road
- NARA Park and Fields – 25 Ledge Rock Way & 75 Quarry Road
- Robbins Mill Recreation Area – 61 Canterbury Hill Road
- School Street Fields – 343-347 School Street
- Veterans Fields – 655 Main Street
The Acton Boxborough Regional School District will also be conducting spraying at its outdoor facilities on Thursday. More information is available at: https://www.abschools.org/
If you should have any questions please feel free to contact the Health Department at 978-929-6632.
The most effective way to protect you and your family is to prevent mosquito bites. It takes only one bite from an infected mosquito to get EEE. Protections that you and your family can take are:
- Know that peak biting hours are from dusk to dawn
- When outdoors, wear long sleeve shirts and pants
- According to the Mass.gov website noted below, use insect repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 (3-[N-butyl-N-acetyl]-aminopropionic acid) or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-Menthane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions given 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.
- Repair holes in screens or doors
- Remove standing water from your home
Acton is also part of the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project who conducts the mosquito control program for us. Please contact them directly for information on services that they provide, including spraying and tire collection service. They can be reached at 508-393-3055 or cmmcp.org
For more information, please contact the Acton Health Department at 978-929-6632