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How Effective Was Mosquito Spraying In Southeastern Mass.?

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BOSTON (CBS) – The southeastern Massachusetts towns that were recently sprayed to combat mosquitoes that might carry West Nile Virus or EEE won’t know until Monday just how effective the spraying was.

So, in the meantime, extra precautions are being taken.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Lana Jones reports.


Easton public health agent Mark Taylor does not anticipate that the aerial spraying will have fully addressed the problem and that precautions should be taken until frost.

“Good to key scenarios, it may kill 70% of the population. It was a little cool the night they did it. Some of the mosquitoes go and hide undercover and they’re not affected by it because they have to be flying through the air for the anvil to affect them,” said Taylor.

Taylor also suggested that residents wear bug spray and long sleeves. He said that officials are working on a timeline to spray the schools in the area as well.

The town is recommending that all outdoor activities cease an hour before dark and that residents use repellent and common sense.

“Our kids constantly have the protection on or we’re in by 4:30 in the afternoon,” said an Easton mother.

Easton town officials will consider and outright ban on outdoor evening activities next week when they have the latest test results. That possible ban could have a big impact high school sports in the fall.

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