Cool temps force officials to push back some mosquito sprayings to Sunday night
BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) Mosquito spraying will continue on Sunday night in 14 communities in southern Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced on Sunday that Saturday's spray was not fully completed due to unsuitable weather conditions including cold temperatures.
Crews completed their spraying of Raynham and Taunton on Saturday, but over a dozen communities remain on the list for Sunday.
Communities that will be sprayed Sunday include Acushnet, Bridgewater, Carver, East Bridgewater, Freetown, Halifax, Hanson, Kingston, Lakeville, Middleborough, Pembroke, Plympton, Rochester, and West Bridgewater.
The communities will be sprayed between 8:15 p.m. Sunday and 2 a.m. Monday.
In addition to Taunton and Raynham, five other towns including Berkley, Dighton, Easton, Norton, and Rehoboth have all been sprayed.
State officials decided to spray several towns and cities after several mosquito pools tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis, an illness that can cause brain damage or death in humans.