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PLEASE NOTE: OUR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE UNDER REVIEW, CHANGES MAY NOT BE REFLECTED IN THE INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE


 

      LARVICIDING: Wetlands and suspected mosquito breeding sites are monitored from March through September to determine the need for applications of environmentally sensitive products (typically Bti) to control and/or eliminate the larval mosquito. By controlling mosquitoes in their larval stage the need for adult mosquito spraying is reduced. To view information on the products used for this program, please check our Pesticide Information page. You may also fill out an online Service Request form on this page.

 

      SOURCE REDUCTION: Reducing or removing larval habitat by recycling, waste disposal or other means is a permanent solution. Mosquito larvae are opportunistic and will create habitat in any container that holds water for more than a week. Empty and clean birdbaths and kiddie pools each week, cover or store inside anything that may capture and hold water, and dispose of or recycle any containers that are no longer needed.

 

      DITCH MAINTENANCE: Mosquitoes need still, stagnant water to complete their metamorphosis from egg to adult. The Project conducts maintenance on ditches, culverts and man-made ponds to improve water quality and increase water flow, reducing the potential for mosquito breeding.

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      SURVEILLANCE: Mosquito populations are monitored in both the larval and adult stages to determine the appropriate control methods to be employed, prevalent mosquito species, and disease transmission potential. CMMCP has instituted a program to supplement the Dept. of Public Health's arbovirus surveillance program for monitoring West Nile Virus in Massachusetts, using mosquito gravid traps. These traps will be placed throughout out service area and can be quickly broken down and moved to respond to the immediate needs of monitoring for this and other mosquito-borne diseases. When WNV is confirmed in a member city or town, these traps are placed in areas that have been determined to harbor this virus. Additional types of traps able to sample mammal-biting mosquitoes will also be placed to determine WNV levels and risk to the local populace. Please click here for our surveillance results for the current period.
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      PUBLIC EDUCATION: Educating the public about mosquitoes and their biology is an important aspect of the Project's program. We offer a comprehensive program geared towards school-aged children from Kindergarten to High School in member communities. This program is tailored to meet the needs of intended audience. The Project produces public relations handouts, and all member Town Halls are stocked with information on CMMCP, our programs, and how the homeowner can reduce mosquito populations in their own area. Project staff is available to meet with civic organizations, town/city boards, and to participate in Health Fairs. Tours of the Project's headquarters can be arranged by calling our office. For the DPH Fact Sheets and public relations materials CMMCP offers, please click here. For more on our Mosquito Education program, please call our office and ask to speak to Curtis Best, our Education Director.
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      ADULTICIDING: When adult mosquito populations reach intolerable levels, hand-held or truck mounted sprayers are used to reduce the adult mosquito levels in residential areas. The Project has worked diligently over the past 20 years to achieve the goal of reducing the dependency on adulticiding by increasing the emphasis on larviciding, public education, source reduction and ditch maintenance. To view a copy of our current spray schedule, please click here. To view a list of tentative spray areas for the current evening (if scheduled), please click here (these areas are also posted on the CMMCP phone system after 3:30PM at (508) 393-3055). To view a list of spray areas done for the previous evening, please click here. Information on the product used for this program can be found on our Pesticide Information page. Information on the exclusion process (to have a property excluded from spraying) can be found on our Pesticide Exclusion page. For additional information, please call our office at (508) 393.3055.

 

      RESEARCH AND EFFICACY: While CMMCP is an agency charged with the control of mosquitoes, we strive to check for efficacy of our products and techniques, and whenever possible perform research in new or different areas of mosquito control. Check the link above for research and efficacy trial performed by CMMCP. Please contact Field Biologist Frank Cornine at cornine@cmmcp.org if you have any questions.

 

      GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM (GIS): The addition of the GIS program at CMMCP has given the Project a new tool for creating a more productive, efficient mosquito control program. In time, the GIS will encompass essentially all aspects and services of CMMCP, helping in the collaboration of various departments.

 

      BEAVER MITIGATION: CMMCP receives many requests from city and town officials and property owners seeking assistance to alleviate flooding cause by beaver activity. CMMCP recognizes beavers as keystone species of the natural and ecological landscape. Beaver activity creates wetland and wildlife habitat that benefits many plant and animal species. Along with the positive aspects of beaver activity come some negative aspects. The most frequent issue affecting CMMCP is dam building activity which clogs culverts and drainage ditches. Increased flooding creates new habitat for mosquitoes and increases the need for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques. Check the link above for more information on this new program. Please contact Wetland Project Coordinator Katrina Proctor at proctor@cmmcp.org if you have any questions.

 

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