Last updated: September 18, 2018
The Maryland Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the local departments of health, will expand mosquito control services in Severna Park (Anne Arundel), Laurel (Anne Arundel), Rising Sun (Cecil), and Reisterstown (Baltimore) 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 Sunday, September 16, in the following areas:
- Severna Park: Within a one-mile radius of the intersection of Old Country Road and Waters Road. This includes parts of the following areas: Crofton Knolls, Cypress Creek, Jones Station, Manhattan Beach, Mariners Point, Round Bay, Severna Park Swan Ridge.
- Laurel: Within a one-mile radius of the intersection of Fort Meade Road and Brock Bridge Road. This includes parts of the following areas: Laurel, Maryland City.
- Rising Sun: Within a one-mile radius of the intersection of Joseph Biggs Memorial Highway and Simmers Road.
Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) truck-based spraying to control adult mosquitoes is planned for the evening of Monday, September 17, in the following areas:
- Reisterstown: Within a one-mile radius of the intersection of Glyndon Drive and Sacred Heart Lane. This includes parts of the following areas: Arborwood, Chartly, Crandon, Glyndon Gate, Glyndon Greens, Glyndon Mews, The Preserve, St. George’s, Suburbia, Timber Chase, Tree Top Station, Worthington Meadows.
Spraying will occur after 7:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, spraying will be re-scheduled 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
For more information, call the Department of Agriculture’s Mosquito Control Program at 410-841-5870.
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