State Crews Spray for Mosquitoes in Montgomery County (VIDEO)

Aedes triseriatus mosquito PHOTO | CDC/ Robert S. Craig

The state of Maryland used a truck to help eradicate mosquitoes in two areas of Montgomery County last week.

Montgomery County Health and Human Services spokesperson Mary Anderson said the spraying took place in a section of Gaithersburg and in a section of Wheaton.

According to Anderson, residents in the spray area received reverse 9-1-1 calls and messages from Alert Montgomery informing them of the targeted mosquito spraying that occurred at dusk.

When asked if the state would be spraying in Montgomery County again? Anderson said she couldn’t say for sure.

Brian Prendergast is the program manager for the state’s Mosquito Control Administration. He told MyMCMedia, late last week that at that time, there were no plans to do more spraying in Montgomery County but, he added, that status could change at any time based on information that the state receives from the field and local health departments.

According to the state of Maryland’s website, there were 77 reported cases of travel related Zika in Maryland as of Aug. 24. The state’s first case of West Nile virus was also reported in western Maryland this month.

Anderson talked about the recent mosquito spraying on County Report This Week, below:

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One Response to “State Crews Spray for Mosquitoes in Montgomery County (VIDEO)”

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    On August 29, 2016 at 6:16 pm responded with... #

    While I fully understand the reasons for spraying, I’m alarmed that there is NO information about unintended effects of the chemical from direct spray (night time) and the residue (continuous). Does it kill all insects (including moths, bees, and other pollinators) ? How might it harm bats and other wildlife (we’re told to bring pets and humans indoors)? Why have only two areas of the county been treated?

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