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Unscheduled Spraying for West Nile Virus Moves to This Sunday

The unscheduled Mosquito Spraying due to West Nile has been rescheduled due to rain and will occur on Sunday, September 19, weather permitting.

Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) truck-based spraying to control adult mosquitoes is planned for parts of College Park. Spraying will occur within a one-mile radius of the following intersections:
Drexel Street and Rhode Island Avenue
St. Andrews Place and Metzerott Road
53rd Street and Lackawanna Street

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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 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, MDA 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 MDA’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, please call MDA’s Mosquito Control Program at 410-841-5870.

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