Although we have identified potential areas of mosquito breeding, we will only target these areas after confirmation is received from field observations (pre-surveillance).
All areas will be sampled using established procedures and protocols in the mosquito control Generic Environmental Impact Report:
- An average of 1 mosquito per dip over 10 dips will be used as a threshold to determine if an application in that area is warranted.
- We will have at least 1 dip station per 250 acres as a monitoring device.
Once confirmation is received, the area will be designated for treatment. We will generate a report on this program using the pre and post treatment data we collect. This report will be used to show efficacy, and will also be sent to other neighboring towns to encourage their participation next year, since this type of program is most effective on a regional basis. Considering the similarity of topography in many towns, we feel confident we can reduce spring brood numbers, thus reducing the dependence on our adulticide program.
These applications typically happen in the third week in April, but this is dependent on the larval stage (the target stage is the 2nd to 3rd instar) and weather factors. Site visits will determine the actual date(s) of application. I would anticipate this application to take two to three days, but this will also be subject to the current weather conditions.