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Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Wednesday Evening in Burlington

There will be mosquito spraying in an attempt to keep the risk of insect-borne illnesses down in Burlington.

The East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project is planning to use a truck mounted aerosol sprayer to control mosquitoes in Burlington on Wednesday, June 22 between sunset and 11:30 p.m.

The spraying is scheduled for areas of town that are located in neighborhoods in the vicinity of Hemlock Lane, B Street, Victor Avenue, Old Colony Road, Birch Street, Colburn Street, Glen Avenue, Mountain Road and Hampden Road.

If postponed, spraying will be rescheduled for the following week.

The mosquito control product being used is Zenivex E4, a non-ester pyrethroid that is classified by the EPA as a “reduced risk pesticide.” According to the EPA, mosquito control applications of Zenivex E4 do not pose a significant risk to people or their pets due to the low toxicity and the small amount used to control mosquitoes. However, as with any pesticide, people should minimize their exposure. If residents see a spray truck approaching, they are advised to go indoors for a few minutes while the spray dissipates. Residents are also advised to close windows. Beekeepers do not need to take any special precautions since spraying begins after sunset. Zenivex E4 biodegrades rapidly and doesn’t build up in the environment.

If residents have any questions related to mosquitoes or mosquito control, they contact the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project at 781-899-5730. The spray schedule can be found at the Project website.