By Neil H. Dempsey
---- — IPSWICH — Health officials announced yesterday that local mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile virus and that targeted spraying will be conducted on Monday.
The truck spraying of the adulticide Duet is scheduled to occur between 6:30 and 11 p.m., according to a press release from Public Health Director Colleen Fermon. The areas targeted will include Linebrook Road and the area north of that road between Mile Lane and Lord Square, High and East streets, and the area north of High and East streets between Paradise Road and Spring Street.
Should it rain on Monday night the spraying will be conducted the first night without rain.
Residents in the spray zones are advised to stay indoors during the spraying hours, to keep their pets indoors too, and to keep windows closed and fans off, according to the release. Any homegrown fruits or vegetables should be washed with water before consumption.
“If skin and/or clothing or other items are exposed to the sprayed pesticide, wash with soap and water,” the release said. “If spray gets in your eyes, immediately rinse them with water or eye drops, and call your doctor.”
To avoid mosquito bites, authorities suggest residents avoid outdoor activities during peak mosquito hours — from dusk to dawn — and wear insect repellent and long-sleeve shirts, long pants and socks when outside. They also advise residents to drain any standing water around their homes and to install or repair screens.
Mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus this year in Beverly, Danvers, Hamilton, Marblehead, Middleton, Peabody, Salem, Swampscott and Topsfield, according to an official website operated by the state’s Office of Health and Human Services.
Mosquitoes in Topsfield also tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) earlier this year.