MDA set to pro­vide res­i­den­tial mos­quito con­trol

Record Observer - - News - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — Mos­quito Con­trol ser­vice is pro­vided to the res­i­dents of Queen Anne’s County through the Maryland De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture from May through Septem­ber. Ap­pli­ca­tions for in­di­vid­u­als not be­long­ing to one of the listed com­mu­ni­ties are still be­ing ac­cepted at the MDA of­fice lo­cated at the Queen Anne’s County De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works.

The Mos­quito Con­trol Pro­gram is a ser­vice pro­vided by the Maryland De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture’s Mos­quito Con­trol Sec­tion in co­op­er­a­tion with the Queen Anne’s County De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works. Mos­quito sur­veil­lance and con­trol op­er­a­tions will be ex­clu­sively con­ducted by MDA per­son­nel. Fund­ing for mos­quito con­trol is pro­vided by state and county tax dol­lars and user fees.

Ac­cord­ing to MDA, mos­qui­toes in Queen Anne’s County af­fect the pub­lic health and qual­ity of life of both the res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to the county. Queen Anne’s County con­tains a va­ri­ety of mos­quito habi­tats in­clud­ing marshes and flood plains. Mos­quito pro­duc­tion along the coast can have a neg­a­tive im­pact on tourism, and mos­quito pro­duc­tion in­land can im­pact pub­lic health through the trans­mis­sion of dis­eases. The tiger mos­quito, a pre­dictable nui­sance, is com­monly found in Mar yland and tends to be most ac­tive in the late af­ter­noon.

Daniel Scham­berger, en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­en­tist at MDA, said the for­mula used is the safest and most ef­fec­tive with the low­est warn­ing la­bel of any prod­uct avail­able on the mar­ket for this type of ap­pli­ca­tion. The ac­tive in­gre­di­ent, Per­me­thrin, is ap­proved by the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol for ap­pli­ca­tion on hu­man cloth­ing and is the rec­om­mended in­gre­di­ent for per­sonal mos­quito con­trol. The agency also tar­gets mos­quito lar­vae with an or­ganic lar­vi­cide.

Scham­berger said they will typ­i­cally spray af­ter sun­set, but can spray anytime be­fore sun­rise. The spray, he said, dis­si­pates from the air in 20 to 30 min­utes and has no resid­ual ef­fect. It is rec­om­mended that res­i­dents re­frain from out­door ac­tiv­i­ties while spray­ing is be­ing done in the im­me­di­ate area. If con­tact is made with skin, rins­ing off the af­fected area with wa­ter is rec­om­mended. Scham­berger also sug­gests re­plac­ing pets out­door wa­ter sup­ply with fresh wa­ter af­ter spray­ing is com­pleted.

MDA con­ducts reg­u­lar sur­veil­lance and con­trol of adult mos­qui­toes. On av­er­age Scham­berger said bi­weekly ser­vice will oc­cur anytime be­tween 7 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. Spray­ing for adult mos­qui­toes will be done only if a Maryland De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture In­spec­tor de­ter­mines it is nec­es­sary. Thresh­olds for Ground Based ULV Treat­ments in­clude: Land­ing Counts: 3 mos­qui­toes in a 2 minute count; Light Trap Col­lec­tions: 12 fe­male mos­qui­toes in an un-baited light trap or 24 fe­male mos­qui­toes in a baited light trap; and con­di­tions that threaten pub­lic health, such as mos­quito borne dis­ease.

Spray­ing will not be con­ducted dur­ing rain, in wind speeds ex­ceed­ing 12 mph, or tem­per­a­tures above 89 de­grees. For more in­for­ma­tion or to opt in or out of mos­quito con­trol, con­tact Misti Bog­gus, lo­cal MDA agent, at 312 Safety Drive in Centreville, or by phone, 410-758-0920 ext. 4140.

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