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Derry to spray for mosquitoes on Thursday

Union Leader Correspondent

September 24. 2012 10:18PM

DERRY - The town will conduct a second round of mosquito spraying at area parks and schools on Thursday evening.

The spraying to control adult mosquitoes will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Barka School, Derry Village School, East Derry School, Grinnell School, Hood School, South Range School, West Running Brook School, Alexander-Carr Park, Don Ball Park, MacGregor Park, Rider Fields, Veterans Field, Calvary Bible Church, Pinkerton Academy and the Pinkerton practice field.

There will be no town-wide spraying, but people may not be present at the locations that will be sprayed on Thursday, according to assistant town administrator Larry Budreau. The school recreational fields and parks will be closed from 5 p.m. on Thursday until 5 a.m. on Friday.

Dragon Mosquito Control of Brentwood will be conducting the mosquito spraying for the town. Budreau said anyone with questions about spray dates, times, locations, insecticides, precautions, West Nile Virus or EEE can call 734-4144.

The town went ahead with one round of spraying at the end of August. Typically, the town budgets for one round of spraying per year, but with the recent discovery of West Nile virus in Sandown and the death of a horse in Derry that was infected with Eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, and no frost on the horizon, Derry made the decision to go forward with the second round of spraying.

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.

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.

The mosquito control project began 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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