The Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control and Wetlands Management District operates under the authority of Ch 252 of the GLC and as such has broad authority to operate in wetlands environments by exemptions legislatively mandated by Ch 131, the Wetlands Protect Act.
2017 Property Exclusion From Pesticide Application (“no sprays”)
New legislation has been adopted for property exclusions from pesticide application. MDAR will be handling the requests from the public through an online service. This year they will be accepting exclusions that come to Town/City Clerks as they have in the past; prior to the March 1st deadline.
The NEMMC District has not received complete information regarding the process from MDAR and SRB. Essentially property owners will be able to submit exclusion requests to the MDAR/SRB directly, either by mail or online (system is not yet finalized). Property owners will be able to submit exclusions that will go into effect 14 days after exclusion has been received by MDAR/SRB. The State will forward the exclusions to the Districts, with date received by State is the starting time for the 14 day notice.
NEMMC will be forwarding you additional information as we receive updates. We will pick up any exclusions that come to the Town/City Clerks as we have in the past. (We will do this after March 1, 2017.)
This new process will remove the responsibility of the collection of exclusions from Town/City Clerks for the ensuing years.
Thank you for your past assistances in this process, we will keep you up-to-date as we are informed.
We will have a new Website going online the week of February 13th, once we receive complete information from the state we will have a link for property exclusions.
Acting Executive Director NEMMC
Best Management Practice Plan
From purely a mosquito control prospective, a regional or area wide approach is the most effective way to reduce mosquito populations. However, the regional approach may not necessarily address the particular needs and concerns of individual municipalities. In 1992 the District adopted a policy of developing Best Management Practice Plans (BMP). BMPs are designed to focus on the dominant mosquito problem and/or preemptive vector/virus intervention in the community based on surveillance data, habitat type, and practical experience in order to provide the greatest measure of relief and/or reduction in risk levels. Draft BMPs are submitted to local Boards of Health for review and are revised annually.
MA Department of Agricultural Resources: Pesticide Board
Exclusions from Pesticide Application
333 CMR 13.03: Exclusions from Pesticide Application
(1) General. (a) Wide Area Applications of pesticides and mosquito control applications of pesticides
approved by the State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board shall not be made to private property which has been designated for exclusion from such application by a person living on or legally in control of said property.
(b) Designation for exclusion from Wide Area Applications of pesticides and mosquito control applications of pesticides approved by the State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board may be made by supplying the clerk of the municipality in which such lands lie with a certified letter providing the name, address, and telephone number (if any) of the person requesting the exclusion, the address of the property to be excluded, and a description of the types of pesticide application programs for which exclusion is requested.
(c) Designation for exclusion may be made prior to March 1st of each year and shall be effective from April 1st of that year through March 31st of the following year.
(d) A designation for exclusion made by a tenant shall not be deemed to limit the right of the landlord to apply, or authorize the application of, pesticides to that land if by the express or implied terms of the written or oral rental agreement the owner retains the right to apply or authorize the application of such pesticides.
(e) 333 CMR 13.03 shall not be deemed to limit the right of an easement holder to apply pesticides to land which is subject to the easement if the easement expressly or implicitly included the right to apply pesticides.
(f) A designation for exclusion made by a joint owner, tenant in common, or owner of a condominium unit shall not be deemed to limit the right of any other joint owner, tenant in common, condominium unit owner or condominium association to apply or authorize the application of pesticides to land if by the express or implied terms of the deed, condominium agreement or other agreement governing such land such other joint owner, tenant in common, condominium unit owner or condominium association retain the right to apply or authorize the application of such pesticides.
(2) Marking Areas for Exclusion. All areas designated for exclusion from Wide Area Applications of pesticides and mosquito control applications of pesticides approved by the State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board shall be marked as follows:
(b) Ground Applications. The person requesting exclusion shall mark the boundaries or areas to be excluded at least every 50 feet with orange surveyor’s tape or another Department -approved marking device which clearly defines the area of exclusion. These markings shall be made known to the Contracting Entity, who shall be responsible for communicating the details of their marking to those who will carry out the application.
(3) Requests for exclusion shall not be honored in those cases in which:
(a) The Commissioner of Public Health has certified that the application is to be made to protect the Public Health
Definition of Wide Area Applications: All aerial applications made for the control of Public Nuisance Pests, and all ground applications made for the control of Public Nuisance Pests which cross property lines or are made to areas that exceed one acre.
How to Avoid Mosquito Bites
- Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. Otherwise, take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing.
- Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
- Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535 (as contained in Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535®) according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.
Mosquito-Proof Your Home
- Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
- Install or Repair Screens. Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.
Report Dead Birds
- Dead crows, blue jays or robins may be a sign that WNV is circulating among the birds and mosquitoes in an area. Call 1-866-MASS WNV to report a dead bird. By reporting dead birds, you can play an important role in monitoring WNV.
Further information is available on the DPH website about WNV and EEE. You may also call the DPH recorded information line at 1-866-MASS-WNV (1-866-627-7698), or the Epidemiology Program at (617) 983-6800.