Significantly, the Town has been granted entry to the Madaket Marine boatyard, and expects that this will greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes in that area. 

The DPW expects that surveillance and treatment will begin in early spring.  By treating the first brood of spring mosquitoes in 2014, Madaket residents should experience a significant reduction in the mosquito population for the entire season.    

There are many ways that homeowners can prevent mosquitoes in their own backyards.  These include turning over any outdoor containers including buckets, wheel barrows, or plant holders that may hold water.  Fill any yard or driveway divots that create puddles and drill holes into the sides of trash cans/recycling bins so that the water can drain.  It is important to change birdbath water weekly and keep pet bowls clean.  Make sure to keep gutters clear of debris, dispose of any old tires, and keeps boats turned over.  One adult mosquito has the ability to lay hundreds of eggs that will hatch in days.  Even a very small amount of water can create a serious mosquito problem.   Small efforts at home can make a tremendous difference.  

A more aggressive approach is to use a mosquito magnet.  They are fueled by propane and according to VDCI, they are the most effective commercial traps for mosquitoes.  Check out the VDCI website for more information on at home mosquito prevention  http://www.vdci.net/index.php or the DPW website at http://www.nantucket-ma.gov/239/Mosquito-Control

 

The DPW expects that surveillance and treatment will begin in early spring.  By treating the first brood of spring mosquitoes in 2014, Madaket residents should experience a significant reduction in the mosquito population for the entire season.    

There are many ways that homeowners can prevent mosquitoes in their own backyards.  These include turning over any outdoor containers including buckets, wheel barrows, or plant holders that may hold water.  Fill any yard or driveway divots that create puddles and drill holes into the sides of trash cans/recycling bins so that the water can drain.  It is important to change birdbath water weekly and keep pet bowls clean.  Make sure to keep gutters clear of debris, dispose of any old tires, and keeps boats turned over.  One adult mosquito has the ability to lay hundreds of eggs that will hatch in days.  Even a very small amount of water can create a serious mosquito problem.   Small efforts at home can make a tremendous difference.  

A more aggressive approach is to use a mosquito magnet.  They are fueled by propane and according to VDCI, they are the most effective commercial traps for mosquitoes.  More information on at home mosquito prevention can be found on the VDCI website at  http://www.vdci.net/index.php or the DPW website at http://www.nantucket-ma.gov/Pages/NantucketMA_DPW/Mosquito%20Control. 

 

   Progress ...


Vector Disease Control International (VDCI), the company retained by the Town to control mosquitoes, got a late start on implementation of the program because the State Reclamation Board was unable to approve the Town’s mosquito control program until its June 7, 2013 meeting. Despite the delay, VDCI reports that considerable progress has been made.

 Since the beginning of the program in June 2013, VDCI has surveyed 248 sites, set 139 traps, collected and identified 21,062 mosquitoes, and treated 253.3 acres of mosquito breeding habitat.  VDCI estimates that approximately 85% of the acreage treated is in Madaket.

Critical data was collected in this first year.  VDCI successfully identified trends in tidal levels and the threshold water level that triggers egg hatch. They also became familiar with the topography of the various salt marshes and identified areas that continuously hold water.  Twenty-four different species of mosquitoes were found on Nantucket in 2013.  While different species have different life cycles and behaviors, VDCI was able to determine their breeding habitats and treat accordingly. 

The Department of Public Works estimates that the number of telephone calls complaining about mosquitoes in 2013 dwindled to fewer than thirty, compared to 2012 when staff fielded more than 200 calls.  There were very few complaints from Madaket residents.  

VDCI will continue to improve on the program as more private land owners grant the Town right of entry to survey their properties.