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Mosquito spraying expanded in Bel Air area, county and state officials decide

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Posted at 5:10 PM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 17:13:59-04

In response to public concerns, the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Harford County Health Department are expanding mosquito control services in Bel Air. 

Ultra-Low Volume truck-based spraying attempts to control adult mosquitoes in an effort to curb mosquito-borne diseases, the department said. The spraying will occur Sunday, July 22 after 7:30 p.m., weather permitting. Existing spray exemptions will be temporarily suspended. People are asked to avoid outdoor activities the nights of the spraying.

The Department of Agriculture suggests residents take additional precautions to minimize exposure to mosquitos, such as:

  • Wearing long, loose fitting, light colored clothing
  • Wearing insect repellents
  • Avoiding mosquito infested areas during dusk and dawn, peak mosquito activity periods
  • Installing, inspecting and repairing window and door screens
  • Regularly cleaning bird baths and bowls used for pet food and water
  • Removing and emptying water-holding containers

Follow the department's twitter feed for more information about spraying, or call 410-841-5870 for more information about the Department of Agriculture's Mosquito Control Program.