The mosquito control program for 2017 will begin with spring larviciding in April and will continue with adulticiding into early September. Work may continue late into September if necessary.
The program consists of larviciding (control of immature stages of the mosquito), public education about the Asian tiger mosquito, and adult surveillance with possible spraying. The scheduled night for spraying within the city limits of Laurel is Sunday night, depending on weather and the adult mosquito count. Spraying will begin after 8 p.m. and continue through till dawn. The spray truck is grey with a Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) logo on it. While the compound used by MDA is not harmful to domestic animals and fish – it is best not to be in direct contact with the spray. The spray will dissipate by morning.
If you need assistance locating breeding areas around your house, or would like to report stagnant water near your property call the Department of Public Works at 301-725-0088 or you may e-mail Public Works at [email protected]. You can also watch the Mosquito Control workshop on the City’s cable station. Laurel cable can be found on Comcast, Channel 71 or Verizon FIiOS, Channel 12. The workshop has many helpful ways to combat mosquito problems in your community.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture Mosquito Control Office can be contacted at 301-422-5080.