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May 16, 2016  

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Mosquito Spraying to Begin Soon

Neighbors:

The Mosquito Control Section of the Maryland Department of Agriculture will commence its spraying program on or around June 1, 2016, however, training spraying could begin as soon as May 30.
 
AOTB is scheduled to receive this ultra low volume (ULV) control spray, usually well after 8 p.m. on Monday nights and only after sampling trucks have confirmed that our mosquito population warrants such procedures.
 
This year, our need may be even greater than usual with the potential not only of the Asian tiger mosquito spreading the deadly West Nile virus, but also of a new threat -- that of the tropical mosquito-borne Zika virus, which could mutate to threaten more northerly areas.
 
Thus, it is imperative that we all do as much as possible to deal with the threat as safely and effectively as we can. Common sense dictates that while the ULV spray has been deemed safe for humans, you probably shouldn't drink a glassful or stand in the way of the spray truck, so please try to avoid being out late at night on Mondays and plan your barbeques for another night -- both small sacrifices for neighborhood safety.
 
We are required to advise our residents of their right to "opt out," but if more than a few do so, we will all lose this invaluable protection opportunity.
 
Should you wish to read more, click here to see the official state notice and if I can answer any fairly simple questions, please send me an email. Otherwise, we will continue to take advantage of our enlightened State's offer to protect ourselves, our families and our community from this real and present danger to our health security.

David J. Delia, president, POA-AOTB 
1375 Walnut Avenue 
Annapolis, MD 21403-4741 
H: 410-268-8622 
C: 443-534-7229