Londonderry to Spray Athletic Fields and Public Gathering Areas

Mosquito Control in Londonderry, Town or Personal responsibility?           The Town of Londonderry has been notified by the State of New Hampshire that mosquitoes trapped in Manchester and Derry have tested positive for EEE.

As a result of this information, the Town in coordination with the Londonderry School District will commence spraying of athletic fields and other public gathering areas. Spraying of these areas is set for Wednesday, September 2, 2009, beginning at 5PM. Areas to be treated include all town and school athletic fields, and the Town Common. These areas will be clearly posted, and no activities may occur during that evening.

Town residents are reminded that the spraying program is but one measure available to combat EEE. The Town urges all residents and visitors to remain aware of the disease and to take appropriate prevention measures for both family members and property. Those measures include:

If you must be outdoors at dusk or dawn, when mosquitoes that carry EEE are most active, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Take special care to cover up the arms and legs of children playing outdoors.

If outside during evening, night and dawn hours, consider using an insect repellent containing 10% or less DEET. (N, N-diethyl-methyl-meta-toluarnide) for children and no more than 30% DEET for adults. Remember to always use the repellent in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions.

  • Repair any holes in your screens and make sure they are tightly attached to all your doors and windows.
  • Remove all discarded tires. The used tire has become the most important domestic mosquito breeding site in this country.
  • Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left out of doors.
  • Make sure roof gutters drain properly.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. If not in use, keep empty and covered.
  • Drain water from pool covers.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and change water in birdbaths at least twice weekly.

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