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Precautionary Spraying for Mosquitoes to Begin at Stoughton School Fields

As a precautionary measure, the Norfolk Mosquito Control will begin spraying for mosquitoes on the athletic fields near the high school, the middle school, and the West School.

The following is a press release form the Stoughton Board of Health and Stoughton Public School Department:

Precautionary Ground Spraying of Mosquito Adulticide at School Department Athletic Fields is scheduled to occur in the early morning hours on Friday, August 31, 2012 at the following locations: Stoughton High School, Robert G. O’Donnell Middle School and the West Elementary School.

Ground Spraying will continue in the early morning hours on Tuesdays until the first frost occurs.

The decision to conduct ground spraying which will be conducted by the Norfolk County Mosquito Control District was made by Stoughton School officials upon the recommendation of the Board of Health.

Stoughton is considered to be a “moderate risk” community for Eastern Equine Encephalitis as the EEE virus has been found in mosquito pools in neighboring towns.

While the planned ground spraying of these fields is not compulsory, officials in the Town believe that spraying for adult mosquitoes provides an additional precautionary step in protecting students and the general public.

Anyone with questions may contact the Norfolk County Mosquito Control District at www.norfolkcountymosquito.org.

Parents and Caregivers of students with questions may contact the School Superintendents Office @ 781-344-4000, x1232 or their school Administrative Office.

Bob Ross August 30, 2012 at 02:34 PM
For anyone concerned about the process here is how it works: They spray at night, and early morning before the sun comes up to get the adult mosquitoes. After the sun comes up, the spray evaporates when sunlight hits it. The NCMC implied that the process happens very quickly, so that the fields should be safe shortly after dawn depending on tree coverage and so on.

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