How to prepare for mosquito spraying in Laurel

WASHINGTON — The Maryland Department of Agriculture will spray for mosquitoes in Laurel on Sunday, June 5, after the state detected a large number of them during a routine check this week.

An MDA truck will make its rounds with a misting sprayer along Contee Road, Van Dusen and into the Wellington neighborhood, according to a news release from the City Council of Laurel.

The MDA also will spray areas along the Patuxent River, across Main Street and in the Greens of Patuxent.

Spraying will take place at night, between 8:30 p.m. and 4 a.m.

More spraying is expected to occur on random Sundays until September.

According to Laurel’s Department of Public Works, the spraying will not harm humans, pets, wildlife, lakes, streams or ponds. However, it advises residents to go indoors when the MDA trucks approach neighborhoods, since trucks will not spray if people are outside.

The city council advises property owners to do the following in preparation:

  • Remove any unnecessary water from yards. This includes dog bowls, planters, recycling containers, trash can lids and tires.
  • Change the water in bird baths and children’s pools once a week.
  • Keep vines and grass cut.
  • Clean out grass from stairwells after mowing to eliminate an attractive resting place for the bugs.
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