MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Public Notice: Unscheduled Mosquito Control Spraying in Prince George’s County September 7

The Maryland Department of Agriculture will be conducting mosquito control spraying in response to a West Nile virus-positive mosquito pool in Prince George’s County. Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) truck-based spraying to control adult mosquitoes is scheduled in Mount Rainier, north of Bunker Hill Road and east of 30th Street. Spraying will occur on the evening of Thursday, September 7, after 7:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Any existing spray exemptions in the area will be temporarily suspended. People are advised to avoid outdoor activities, bring pets inside, and to close their windows on spray nights.

Maryland Department of Agriculture is using a contact insecticide, Pe​rmanone 30-30​ diluted in mineral oil, that dissipates in approximately 20 minutes and does not leave a residue. The spraying is taking place at night for the safety of bees, other insects and animals.

Mosquito Control Spraying Map September 7

MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                         CONTACT:  Julie Oberg, 410-841-5888
                                             Jason Schellhardt, 410-841-5889

PUBLIC NOTICE:

Unscheduled Mosquito Control Spraying in Prince George’s County

Treatment scheduled in response to West Nile Virus-positive mosquito pool
 

ANNAPOLIS, MD (Sept. 6, 2017) – The Maryland Department of Agriculture will conduct unscheduled mosquito control spraying in response to a West Nile virus-positive mosquito pool in Prince George’s County.  Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) truck-based spraying to control adult mosquitoes is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, September 7, in the communities of Colmar Manor, Mount Rainier, Cottage City, Brentwood, North Brentwood, Riverdale Park, Riverdale Heights, Oaklyn, Landover Knolls, and Landover Mews. Due to weather conditions, spraying originally scheduled for this evening in Hyattsville and Bladensburg has been re-scheduled for Thursday evening as well.

Spraying will occur after 7:30 p.m., weather permitting. Any existing spray exemptions in the area will be temporarily suspended. People should avoid outdoor activities on spray nights.

The department’s Mosquito Control Office, in cooperation with the Department of Health, routinely conducts surveillance activities throughout the state to collect and test mosquitoes for West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and several other mosquito-borne diseases. These diseases are endemic in Maryland and are transmitted through the bite of a mosquito. Approximately 20 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will develop West Nile fever, which is typically characterized by fever, headache, and body aches which can last for just a few days or as long as several weeks. Less than one percent of people bitten by a mosquito carrying West Nile virus will develop a more severe form of the disease. People most at risk for developing severe disease are those over 50 and those with already compromised immune systems.

While not all mosquitoes carry these diseases, the Maryland Department of Agriculture suggests that residents take precautions to minimize their exposure to mosquito bites. These measures include:

  • Wear long, loose fitting, light colored clothing
  • Wear insect repellents according to product labels
  • Avoid mosquito infested areas during prime periods of activity (between dusk and dawn)
  • Install, inspect, and repair window and door screens in homes and stables
  • Regularly clean bird baths and bowls for pet food and water
  • Remove or empty all water-holding containers 

Currently there is no WNV vaccine for humans. There are, however, effective vaccines for horses, ostriches and emus – also known as ratites. Owners are encouraged to get their animals vaccinated and boostered in a timely manner in consultation with their veterinarian.

Dog owners are also urged to have their pets checked for heartworms, the most common disease transmitted by mosquitoes in Maryland. Dogs in all Maryland jurisdictions should be placed on a heartworm preventive program. Pet owners should consult with their veterinarians.

For more information about mosquito-borne diseases, contact your local health department. The following websites are available to provide additional information:

·         Maryland Department of Agriculture

·         Maryland Department of Health

·         Maryland Department of Natural Resources

·         U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention