Derry may spray again for mosquitoes
DERRY — Town officials will be looking to the weather forecast to help determine whether there will be another round of mosquito spraying in town.
Derry went ahead with spraying at 15 schools, fields and parks on Aug. 27 after a case of West Nile Virus was documented in the region.
“Because of the threat of West Nile Virus and EEE, we’ve been sampling mosquito pools in the spring and early summer for the last eight years,” said Assistant Town Administrator Larry Budreau.
Dragon Mosquito Control of Brentwood will be conducting the mosquito spraying for the town.
The town was invoiced $5,200 for the August spraying, but Budreau said about 80 percent of that cost was reimbursed by the school district, Pinkerton Academy and the Calvary Bible Church.
About one week after the spraying, a mosquito pool in Sandown tested positive for West Nile Virus, Budreau said.
If there is no frost soon, Budreau said it might be prudent for the town to spray for mosquitoes a second time.
Because the town only budgets for one spraying per year, Budreau said the town might be able to pay for the spraying through a supplemental appropriation in the spring if money can’t be found in the budget.
Spraying in August took place at the Barka School, Derry Village School, East Derry School, Grinnell School, Gilbert H. Hood Middle School, South Range School, West Running Brook Middle School, Alexander-Carr Park, Don Ball Park, MacGregor Park, Veterans Field, Calvary Bible Church, Pinkerton Academy and the Pinkerton Practice Field.
Residents may call 734-4144 for further information regarding spray dates, times, locations, insecticides, precautions, West Nile Virus and other concerns.
The mosquito control project begins in Derry on April 9 when crews from Dragon Mosquito Control began checking swamps, marshes, woodland pools, ditches, storm drains, and other shallow, stagnant water for mosquito larvae.
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