Mosquito istock

State Plans to Spray for Mosquitoes in Gaithersburg Area on Sept. 1

Mosquito istockMontgomery County health officials have announced that the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Mosquito Control Program will do truck-mounted mosquito control spraying on Thursday evening, September 1, in the Strawberry Knolls area of Gaithersburg.

According to a county news release, the spraying will begin around 7:30 p.m. between Goshen Road and Pintail Lane, weather permitting.

County officials said the residents in the affected spray area will be notified in a variety of ways:

  • Reverse 911 calls will be made to landline telephones in the affected area.
  • Alert Montgomery messages will be sent to those in the affected area via text message or email, depending on the delivery method users have registered for.
  • Information will be posted on the County’s website and messages will be sent out via social media.

The State of Maryland, in cooperation with the health departments of the 24 jurisdictions in the state. has initiated an enhanced mosquito prevention and control program this year due to public health concerns such as West Nile virus and Zika virus.

As of Aug 31st, the State of Maryland is reporting 77 travel-associated cases of Zika on its website. The state’s truck-mounted spraying is activated by one of three conditions:

  • The identification of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito in our area. The Aegypti mosquito is the primary carrier of the Zika virus;
  • An overabundance of Aedes Albopictus (Asian Tiger) mosquito that is thought to possibly be a carrier of the Zika virus;
  • A travel-associated human case of Zika in which the individual has active infection.

For more information about protecting yourself from mosquitoes, visit the county’s website, here.

Sonya Burke

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Comments

2 Responses to “State Plans to Spray for Mosquitoes in Gaithersburg Area on Sept. 1”

  1. On September 1, 2016 at 4:43 pm notyourtypicalliberalmoron responded with... #

    The latest science I have seen on the Zika Virus is that the mosquito is NOT the carrier of the virus. The virus is caused by the pesticides being sprayed to control the mosquitoes.

    I implore all Gaithersburg residents to remain indoors with your widows and doors closed between 6:30pm Thursday night and Friday morning. If you think your government would never spray anything that would knowingly do you harm then you are sadly misinformed. There have been dozens of admitted cases of sick, perverted and harmful experiments on Americans which have caused many to die.

    Do’nt be a fool and take every precaution tonight to protect your family. For God’s sake do not go outdoors during the spraying.

  2. On September 1, 2016 at 10:10 pm Louis responded with... #

    Which of the three listed conditions spurred the spraying this time?

    The identification of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito in our area. The Aegypti mosquito is the primary carrier of the Zika virus;
    An overabundance of Aedes Albopictus (Asian Tiger) mosquito that is thought to possibly be a carrier of the Zika virus;
    A travel-associated human case of Zika in which the individual has active infection.

    It would be helpful to know whether the dangerous mosquitoes are actually in our area or if the spraying is due to identification of a travel-associated human case of the Zika virus.




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