Areas of New Bedford to be sprayed for mosquitoes

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — The Bristol County Mosquito Control Project will conduct ground spraying in New Bedford Thursday to control mosquito populations, Mayor Jon Mitchell’s office announced Tuesday.

Target areas include Buttonwood Park, Brooklawn Park, Fort Taber, Hazelwood Park, Riverside Park, Clasky Park, Ashley Park and the Poor Farm area.

Spraying will begin at 2 a.m. Thursday and will end by sunrise, weather permitting. The mayor’s office recommends that residents close their windows on Wednesday evening prior to the spraying.

The Bristol County Mosquito Control Project has also placed mosquito traps and is monitoring populations for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV), city spokeswoman Elizabeth Treadup Pio said.

Residents are also advised to take precautions to protect themselves and their homes from mosquitoes. The Mayor’s office recommends not scheduling outdoor activities between dusk and dawn to avoid peak mosquito hours, as well as wearing repellent and protective clothing while outdoors. Tightly-fitting screens are best for keeping mosquitoes outside, and residents should drain any standing water to limit places for mosquitoes to breed.

New Bedford residents may also request additional ground spraying by calling the Mosquito Control Project at (508) 823-5253 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., or by email at RequestBristolMCP@comcast.net.

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