ANNAPOLIS, Md. –The Maryland Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Prince George’s County Health Department, will expand mosquito control services in parts of Clinton on Wednesday evening due to a public health concern over the potential for mosquito-borne diseases.
Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) truck-based spraying to control adult mosquitoes is planned for the evening of Wednesday, September 30, within a three-quarter mile radius of the intersection of Tippett Road and Piscataway Road.
Spraying will occur after 7:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, spraying will be rescheduled for the next available evening. Any existing spray exemptions in the area will be temporarily suspended.
Mosquito Control personnel will use a permethrin-based solution that the EPA has approved for use in public health mosquito control programs without posing unreasonable risks to human health. However, out of an abundance of caution, the department recommends avoiding outdoor activities during spraying.
While not all mosquitoes carry diseases, the Maryland Department of Agriculture suggests that residents take precautions to minimize their exposure to mosquito bites. These measures include:
Wear long, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing
Wear insect repellents according to product labels
Avoid mosquito-infested areas during prime periods of activity (between dusk and dawn)
Install, inspect, and repair window and door screens in homes and stables
Regularly clean bird baths and bowls for pet food and water
Remove or empty all water-holding containers
All Marylanders are encouraged to follow the Department’s Twitter feed @MdAgMosquito that will post unscheduled spray events and other timely information about mosquito control in Maryland. Routine spray program schedules are available by county on the program’s website.
For more information, call the Department of Agriculture’s Mosquito Control Program at 410-841-5870.
–Megan Guilfoyle, Maryland Department of Agriculture