The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) would like
to advise residents and community members in Hyde Park and West Roxbury of
upcoming sprayings to help control mosquito populations in selected neighborhood
areas. BPHC partners with the Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project (SCMCP)
to protect Boston residents from mosquito-borne disease transmission.
SCMCP will be conducting a helicopter application of the
biological larvicide, Bti, to control mosquito larvae over large
Wetlands currently being evaluated include the Fowl
Meadow area of Hyde Park, the Hancock Woods area near VFW Parkway and
Corey Street in West Roxbury.
The application will be conducted between April 20 and
The larvicide will be applied in a granular formulation
by a helicopter flying low directly over the wetlands.
Residents do not need to take any special precautions for
Mosquito species have different breeding habits, but most
want to lay their eggs near water – usually in vegetation or in still water. To
help prevent mosquitoes from breeding, BPHC advises residents to limit places
around the home where standing water can collect. People should turn over
unused flowerpots, buckets, wheelbarrows and garbage cans; remove leaves and
other debris that can clog gutters and trap water; dispose of or cover old
tires; and cover swimming pools when not in use.
Click here for more information about the
mosquito control work of BPHC and its partnership with SCMCP.
About Bti: The material to be applied, Bti (Bacillus
thuringiensis var. israelensis), is a natural bacterium found in soil. The EPA
classifies Bti as a relatively non-toxic pesticide. Bti is considered a
target selective and environmentally compatible pesticide that affects mosquito
larvae and a few closely related aquatic insects in the fly family. Once
applied Bti stays suspended in water for 24 to 48 hours and then biodegrades as
it settles to the bottom. The product name of the Bti is VectoBac GR (EPA Reg.
For further information contact the Suffolk County Mosquito
Control Project at 781-899-5730.