Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project
The City of Lowell, through the Health Department, has been a member of the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP) since July, 2013. The CMMCP provides mosquito control services on a regional basis, and can therefore be more effective and efficient that any single municipality. Funding for this service is deducted from the Local Aid Distribution by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. According to its mission statement, the CMMCP's objective is "to attain an efficient, economic mosquito control operation which will provide the best results possible and be consistent with all ecological aspects and the best interests of the member towns."The CMMCP provides a range of services reduce mosquito exposure to the public and the potential for disease transmission by mosquitoes. Lowell residents and businesses can contact the CMMCP directly to request services. There is also a process for a no-spray request.
Mosquitoes need standing water to complete their metamorphosis from egg to adult. Only adult females bite. The CMMCP works to reduce the need for spraying adult mosquitos by focusing on preventive activities that disrupt the mosquito life-cycle before mosquitos reach adulthood.
- Source Reduction: Reducing or removing larval habitats by recycling, waste disposal or other means.
- Wetland restoration: Maintenance of ditches, culverts and man-made ponds to improve water quality and increase water flow, reducing the potential for mosquito breeding.
- Surveillance: Mosquito populations are monitored in both the larval and adult stages to determine the appropriate control methods to be employed.
- Larviciding: Environmentally sensitive products are used to control and/or eliminate the larval mosquito.
- Adulticiding: When adult mosquito populations reach intolerable levels, hand-held or truck mounted sprayers are used to reduce the adult mosquito levels in residential areas.
- Public Education: CMMCP offers a comprehensive education program geared to a range of audiences, from kindergarten through Senior Centers.
- Research and Efficacy: The CMMCP continuously reviews the efficacy of its products and techniques, and performs research in new or different areas of mosquito control to improves services to member communities.*
How You Can Help
You can help by removing any standing water from around your house or business. Standing water that accumulates in old tires, toys, planters, buckets, bird baths and the like can be a breeding ground for mosquitos.
Find more information about CMMCP pesticides and spraying schedules.
You can call the CMMCP office directly at 508-393-3055, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday, to register a complaint.
Note: Content adapted from CMMCP website.
Colleen DaSilvaPublic Health Nurse
Public Health DivisionPhysical Address
341 Pine Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Phone: 978-674-4308Fax: 978-446-7100
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.