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The East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project is planning to use a truck mounted aerosol sprayer to apply sumithrin in Framingham the week of July 6.

 Spraying will be done between dusk and 11:30 p.m.

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East Middlesex uses a product called Anvil to control mosquitoes. Anvil contains the pesticide, sumithrin, which is a pyrethroid that is classified as slightly toxic by the EPA. Mosquito control applications of sumithrin do not pose a significant risk to people or their pets due to the low toxicity of sumithrin and the small amount used to control mosquitoes. 

As with any pesticide, people should minimize exposure. 

If residents see a spray truck approaching, they are advised to go indoors for a couple of minutes while the spray dissipates.

Residents are also advised to close windows. 

On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, spraying will be done in areas of Framingham that are located in the vicinity of Savoy Road, Clara Road, Swanson Road, Riverpath Drive, Maymont Drive, Karal Drive, Norman Drive, Brookfield Terrace and Meadow Lane.

Spraying is weather permitting. If postponed on any night, spraying will be rescheduled for the week beginning July 13, 2020.

Beekeepers do not need to take any special precautions, since spraying begins after dusk, said the project.

If residents have any questions related to mosquitoes or mosquito control, contact the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project at 781-899-5730.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.