AUBURN, Mass. – Residents will get their mosquito complaints investigated when personnel from the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP) come to Auburn on four Tuesdays this month: Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28.
Complaints can be submitted by calling the CMMCP office at 508-393-3055 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The investigations might result in insecticide being spraying in defined, site-specific areas of town, either with hand- or truck-mounted equipment, depending on the extent of the application.
The August dates are subject to change due to weather conditions, mosquito populations, mosquito virus activity and/or special event spraying. The program will shut down when cool night time temperature becomes predominant in Auburn.
“No intentional application of pesticides shall be made to private property which has been designated for exclusion from such application by a person living on or legally in control of said property,” the CMMCP says.
Notices were sent to all city and town clerks in February to alert them of the pesticide exclusion process. CMMCP will continue to accept exemptions during spray season.
Auburn residents should contact the town clerk for more information on the exclusion process, or contact the CMMCP office during business hours or apply for an exclusion through its website.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health recently found mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus during a routine sampling in Shrewsbury, and the deadly EEE (Eastern equine encephalitis) virus in mosquitoes collected in Westborough.