By Dustin Luca
---- — ANDOVER — A corner of town will be sprayed for mosquitoes tonight as officials address an over-the-boarder West Nile virus threat, and more spraying is expected for town sports fields early next week.
The spraying will be run by the North East Massachusetts Mosquito Control District just after dusk tonight in a western part of town surrounded by Lowell Street, Bellevue Road, Blanchard Street and the Tewksbury town line, according to Tom Carbone, town Health director.
The spraying was scheduled after a trap in Tewksbury set up near the town line caught mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus. To date, the virus hasn’t been found in Andover, according to Carbone.
Sprayers will use a chemical called “Duet,” a product sprayed from a truck traveling on public roads, according to Carbone. The chemical has low mammalian toxicity, and due to its short life, “normal activity” can resume after trucks move through the area.
Meanwhile, additional spraying will take place on either Monday or Tuesday next week to treat all playing fields around town, Carbone said.
“We’re trying to arrange for a perimeter spray of the athletic fields next Monday or Tuesday night, just trying to get it all teed up so that we can get all the notices out,” Carbone said.
The Board of Health authorized both sprayings Monday night, one to address the West Nile case in Tewksbury and the other to treat the fields prior to their upcoming use for sporting events.
Outside of spraying, residents are asked to keep an eye out for any standing water they have around their property, including bird baths, stored tires, clogged gutters and more, as such areas can serve as mosquito breeding grounds.