By Alan Burke
---- — PEABODY — Areas of the city will be sprayed for mosquitoes today starting after 8 p.m., according to Health Director Sharon Cameron. The truck-mounted spray will be targeting certain neighborhoods bounded by Winona, Lake and Lowell streets, as well as Kennedy fields, Corbeil Park, Ross Park, Symphony Park and the Peabody Independence Greenway bike path.
The spraying is prompted by “the recent identification of mosquito pools positive for West Nile virus in Lynnfield close to the Peabody border,” according to a press release from Cameron, who stressed that the risk of contracting the virus remains low. She added, “Residents do not need to take special precautions to prepare for the spray activity but may choose to stay indoors or close windows and shut off air conditioners when the truck is on their street.”
Even while downplaying the risk, Cameron urged residents to take care by using insect repellent; wearing “protective clothing,” including long sleeves; keeping outdoor activities to a minimum between dusk and dawn, when the bugs are most active; and getting rid of standing water near the home.