Mosquito Spraying Opt Out Requests Due by March 1

It may be difficult to think ahead to swatting mosquitos while temperatures remain frigid and snow is still on the ground, but residents have less than two weeks to have their properties excluded from pesticide spraying this spring and summer.

Certain farms are typically among those requesting to opt out from spraying conducted by the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control office.

Pesticide Spraying Exclusion Requests must be filed in city and town clerk’s offices prior to March 1. Exclusions cover the spraying period between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017, officials said. Property owners seeking to be excluded must provide clerks with their names, addresses, telephone numbers (if any) and a description of the pesticide types of concern. Types include adulticides and larvicides.

The state Departments of Public Health, Conservation and Recreation and Agricultural Resources may override certain exclusion requests to protect the public health, contain an infestation or reduce a threat to agriculture.