• Public Outreach and Education  

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    Community outreach is an important aspect of our program. We believe forewarned is forearmed and strive to educate the public concerning mosquito biology, breeding sites, arboviruses, source reduction at home (integrated pest management), and personal protection. If your organization would like more information concerning our outreach programs, please contact our office at (508) 823-5253.

     

     


    Surveillance

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    Mosquito surveillance is a prerequisite to an effective, efficient, and environmentally sound mosquito control program. It is used to define the extent of the mosquito problem and to gauge daily mosquito control operations.
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    BCMCP monitors adult mosquito populations through our trapping program. Mosquitoes are identified to species and sent to MA Department of Health for testing of arboviruses such as EEE and West Nile virus. 

    Mosquito larvae are also monitored to determine and document active breeding sites. 

     


    Larviciding

    larviciding in a cup on the grass
    Larviciding is a chemical and/or biological control method that attempts to control the mosquito in its most vulnerable stage when mosquitoes are confined and localized to prevent mosquitoes from becoming adults. Controlling larval mosquitoes while they are still concentrated in a pool of water is easier, more efficient, and less costly environmentally 
    man spreading larviciding

    than controlling dispersed adults. Many of the products are designed to kill or prevent the insects' emergence (such as insect growth regulators and/or biological materials such as bacteria). Also, there are other materials that can be used that are low impact such as refined oils and monomolecular films that control larvae and pupae.

    To review the label for the products that we use as our larvicide, please click on the links below:
     

    VectoBac 12AS (used for aerial larviciding)  http://publichealth.valentbiosciences.com/docs/public-health-resources/vectobac-sup-sup-12as---specimen-label.pdf
    VectoLex WSP http://publichealth.valentbiosciences.com/docs/public-health-resources/vectolex-sup-sup-wsp---specimen-label.pdf
    VectoMax WSP http://publichealth.valentbiosciences.com/docs/public-health-resources/vectomax-sup-sup-wsp---specimen-label.pdf
    Spheratax SPH WSP http://www.myadapco.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/SPHTXWSPl.pdf
    Fourstar CRG FourStar_CRG_Label.pdf pdf format of Fourstar CRG

     


    Adulticiding

    Adulticiding is a chemical approach that is implemented when mosquito populations reach high densities and/or when it is needed to suppress mosquito-borne disease threats. It involves the use of highly specialized truck-mounted equipment that target treatments to select areas. Individuals may call the project at (508) 823-5253 between 8:00am - 2:00pm (June - September) to request treatment or e-mail the project at RequestBristolMCP@comcast.net

    pick up truck with Mosquito Control written on it

    To review the label for the product that we use as our adulticide, please click on the link below:
    Zenivex E4 Zenivex E4 label 2017.pdf pdf format of Zenivex E4

    NEW form for residential spray exclusions (333 CMR 13.03) is now available. The process to designate your property as a There will be a new online form available through MDAR shortly, BCMCP will keep you posted.

     

     


    Source Reduction

    Ditch Maintenance

    The ditch maintenance program is intended to remove sand, 
    sediment and debris from existing ditches in order to provide a clear channel through wetlands for runoff from storm water or melting snow. The Project utilizes a low ground  pressure excavator to remove sand and sediment from ditches. This track-mounted excavator is specifically designed to work in wetland areas. Crews use hand tools including chain saws to remove fallen trees, limbs and other debris from ditches.

    Open Marsh Water Management

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    This technique is used only on salt marshes. It holds water on the marsh, improves fish habitat, and reduces invasive vegetation.
    The goals of OMWM are as follows:
    1) control of saltmarsh mosquitoes; 2) reduce insecticide applications, and; 3) habitat enhancement for saltmarsh fish and wildlife. Efforts made towards achieving these goals are made in a manner that does not have negative or secondary impacts to other saltmarsh resources.

     

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    Massachusetts Best Management Practices and Guidance for Freshwater Mosquito Control document:                
    http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/agr/mosquitos/docs/mepa/document-2-freshwater-bmp-to-mepa-oct-24-2008.pdf