Mosquito spraying in Old Lyme tonight

OLD LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — A lot of the folks at Mile Creek Beach and Hawks Nest Beach are on vacation but they’re going to have to put some of their outdoor plans on hold.

old lyme mosquito spraying 1Signs around the shoreline neighborhood let folks know that between six and eleven o’clock Tuesday night they’ll be seeing crews from Innovative Mosquito Management.

They will be in Old Lyme to spray for mosquitoes which reportedly come from a nearby salt marsh one of the largest in the state.old lyme mosquito spraying 2

“We came down a few weeks ago, stepped out of the car in broad daylight, and I immediately got bitten on my ankle,” says Janice Repass who owns two homes in the area. “They’ve been fierce they’ve been fierce at night. They’ve been surprisingly out during the day.”

old lyme mosquito spraying 3Tyler Carlson a supervisor with the mosquito management company says it only takes a small amount like a teaspoon of the chemical to create a fog which covers an acre of land.

“It actually only paralyzes the insects,” says Carlson.

The insects are then killed by sunlight the next day or are eaten by other animals.

The spraying is set to begin after 7:30 P.M. right around sunset. Residents are asked to stay inside and close their windows while the truck makes its way through the shoreline streets.

“Usually once we clear out the streets it’s very quick,” says Carlson. “We’ll be done probably within an hour.”old lyme mosquito spraying 4

“This will be the first time I’ve been involved in anything like this so I can’t wait to see it,” says Rick Casciano who is on vacation in the area.

“I’m not that thrilled because it’s so chemically but I’m also concerned about West Nile and hopefully Zika hasn’t made it’s way up here yet but one of my daughters is pregnant,” says Repass.

Crews from Innovative Mosquito Management say once residents hear the truck go by and then it gets far enough away that they no longer hear the spray, they can open their windows again.

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