City of College Park, Maryland

Public Works

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Mosquitoes

MDA spraying starts in early June (weather permitting)

Please note: MDA does not spray individual properties; they treat neighborhoods that meet certain thresholds.


The City of College Park cooperates with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to identify and control mosquito populations. Larviciding treatments are made by MDA personnel. MDA will survey the area of concern; they may use traps and landing rate counts, and may request access to your property to place a trap. If count thresholds are met, they may make a control spray application in the neighborhood; they do not spray individual properties. Wednesday night is the designated day when spraying for adult mosquitoes will occur in College Park when thresholds are met.

Spray season begins on June 4th and is anticipated to end on September 18th. Spraying will begin after dark and may continue until midnight or later. We do not conduct spray activity during daylight hours. If you see a truck in your community spraying during the day, it is not the State of Maryland.  

Spraying will commence as soon as it is dark. As a precaution, we advise residents to stay inside their homes and close their windows while the spray truck is in the vicinity, bring in any pets, and remain in the home until 30 minutes after the spray truck has passed by. If there are people outside when the truck passes by, no spray will be released and the truck will not make another pass down that street. 

The spray schedule will rotate every 3 weeks. This means that your community may or may not be sprayed each week. The frequency will be determined by surveillance data collected and complaints received.


Mosquito Complaints

Requests to MDA for a local service call or visit can be made by clicking here. You will need to provide some information and submit the form directly to MDA.


Request for Exemption from Adult Mosquito Control Services

Any resident who wishes to have his/her property excluded from adult mosquito control pesticide applications by truck-mounted ultra low volume (ULV) sprayers must fill out this form annually.

Residents can request exclusion by completing this exemption form and returning it to:
     Program Supervisor
     Mosquito Control Section
     50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
     Annapolis, MD 21401

The Asian tiger mosquito is active during the day and only breeds in containers of standing water (i.e. around humans). Residents are encouraged to eliminate the sources! Look for unused containers, buckets, toys, bird baths, flower pots and saucers, tarps, corrugated drainpipes, free-standing basketball hoops and store them so they don't hold water. Make sure gutters are clean and work with your neighbors to identify potential mosquito breeding areas.

For permanent areas of standing water (ponds, rain barrels, etc.), mosquito "torpedos" can be used to target and kill mosquito larvae. You can stop by Public Works to obtain a mosquito torpedo Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please click here for a list of FAQs from the manufacturer.

Safety Concerns

People and pets may be exposed to pesticides used in a residential misting system through direct contact with sprays, by touching plants or other objects in the treated area, or by inhaling small amounts of pesticide remaining in the air. EPA has assessed the human health and environmental risks of the pesticides most commonly used in misting systems. Most of these pesticides last only short periods in the environment, so long-term exposure to humans is not expected. Based on its assessment, using toxicity data and exposure estimates, EPA does not expect risks of concern to humans when these chemicals are used in outdoor residential systems according to labeling specific for use in these systems. However, excessive use or accidents may pose risks. No pesticide should be regarded as 100% risk free.

Since pyrethrins and permethrin are toxic to all insects, they may kill beneficial insects such as honeybees, ladybugs, butterflies and other non-target species. In addition, permethrin is highly toxic to fish.

Chemical Information

Click here for product information on chemicals used for spraying.

Tips to Rid Your Community of Mosquito Breeding Sites

    1. Clean rain gutters to allow water to flow freely.
    2. Remove old tires or drill drainage holes in tires used for playground equipment.
    3. Store plastic wading pools inside or turn them upside down when not in use.
    4. Turn over or remove clay pots and plastic containers.
    5. Dispose of all empty beverage containers, plastic wrappers, discarded toys, etc.
    6. Check for trapped water in plastic or canvas tarps used to cover boats, pools, etc. Arrange the tarp to drain the water.
    7. Pump out bilges in boats. Turn canoes and small boats upside down for storage.
    8. Replace water in bird baths at least twice a week.
    9. Remove pet food and water dishes that are not being used.
    10. Flush livestock water troughs twice a week.
    11. Flush water in the bottom of plant holders twice a week.
    12. Fix dripping outside water faucets.
    13. Turn wheelbarrows upside down when stored outside.
    14. Check around construction sites or do-it-yourself improvements to ensure that proper backfilling and grading prevent drainage problems.
    15. Check ornamental ponds, tree holes and water-holding low areas for mosquito larvae. Call the nearest Mosquito Control Office (see below) if you find, or suspect, mosquito larvae are present.
    16. If ditches do not flow and contain stagnant water for one week or longer, they can produce large numbers of mosquitoes. Report such conditions to a Mosquito Control Office. Do not attempt to clear these ditches because they may be protected by wetland regulations.
PRECAUTIONARY STATEMENTS
    HAZARDS TO HUMANS AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS
    Harmful if swallowed. Harmful if absorbed through skin. Avoid contact with skin, eyes or clothing. Causes moderate eye irritation. Prolonged or frequently repeated skin contact may cause allergic reactions in some individuals.
    IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a poison control center 1-800-214-7753 or doctor. Do not induce vomiting unless told to do so by a poison control center or doctor. Do not give any liquid to the person. Do not give anything by mouth to an unconscious person.
    IF ON SKIN OR CLOTHING: Take off contaminated clothing. Rinse skin immediately with plenty of water for 15-20 minutes. Call a poison control center or doctor for treatment advice.
    IF IN EYES: Hold eye open and rinse slowly and gently with water for 15-20 minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present, after the first 5 minutes, then continue rinsing the eye. Call a poison control center or doctor for treatment advice.
    IF INHALED: Move person to fresh air. If person is not breathing, call 911 or an ambulance, then give artificial respiration, preferably mouth-to-mouth. Call a poison control center or doctor for further treatment advice.
NOTE TO PHYSICIAN: Product contains a petroleum distillate. Gastric lavage is indicated if material was taken internally. Vomiting may cause aspiration pneumonia.