Southeastern MA: Aerial mosquito spraying for EEE slated to resume Sunday night

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced that mosquito spraying will resume Sunday night in 14 communities in Southeastern Massachusetts.

Saturday evening’s spray could not be completed due to unsuitable weather conditions, including low temperatures.

The 14 remaining communities are scheduled to be sprayed between the hours of 8:15 p.m. Sunday and 2 a.m. Monday.

Communities that will be sprayed include Acushnet, Bridgewater, Carver, East Bridgewater, Freetown, Halifax, Hanson, Kingston, Lakeville, Middleboro, Pembroke, Plympton, Rochester, and West Bridgewater.

Spraying has been completed in the following communities: Berkley, Dighton, Easton, Norton, Raynham, Rehoboth and Taunton.

Residents of these communities, and those who live within 1,500 feet of the border of any of these communities should take simple precautions to avoid exposure to pesticide during the time that their city or town is scheduled to be sprayed.

Those precaustions include staying indoors, keeping windows closed, and turning off window fans during the time spraying occurs.

If your air conditioner has a fresh air intake feature, you may want to shut off the intake during the time of spraying.

Keep pets indoors when spraying is occurring in your immediate area to minimize their risk of exposure.

If skin or clothes or other items are exposed to the sprayed pesticide, wash with soap and water.

If the spray gets in your eyes, immediately rinse them with water or eye drops, and call your doctor.

If you have a small ornamental fish pond, you may want to cover it during the night of spraying.

Following the aerial spray, rinse any homegrown fruits and vegetables with water.

Weather conditions including temperature, wind speed and precipitation can impede aerial spraying activities. Residents are urged to check the DPH website at www.mass.gov/dph for updates.

Residents can also get a daily 5 p.m. update on spraying activities by calling 2-1-1.

About Garo Hagopian

Garo Hagopian has been a member of the WATD family as a weekend news anchor since 2008, and has been a writer-producer-editor at WBZ in Boston since 1996.