Contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC’s Delaware Mosquito Control Section
announces new spray zone notification system
DOVER (June 19, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Section today announced a new communications tool for notifying the public of its insect-fighting applications: The Spray Zone Notification System (SZNS), an online program that pairs spray zone mapping with the Delaware Notification Service – the same system used by the state for weather-related and school closing announcements – to convey news of where and when spray applications will occur.
The SZNS replaces an email system that for more than 10 years has sent out statewide spray notification from the Mosquito Control Section. The new system is live now and will completely replace the old email system on July 15. To sign up to receive spray notices, go to http://de.gov/mosquitospray. Also, anyone who belongs to the older Listserv for receiving Mosquito Control Section spraying area notification will have to sign up anew for SZNS announcements, as the two notification systems do not interface with each other.
Registering with the Delaware Notification Service enables the public to receive notice of scheduled aerial insecticide applications for larval or adult mosquito control, and for planned truck-mounted applications (fogging) for adult mosquito control. Mosquito Control SZNS options include receiving statewide spray news or notification of spray events in a specific zone or zones via a choice of text, voice call and/or email. In addition to the public, the new system will be helpful to domestic beekeepers who market honey or who provide pollination hives for agriculture by alerting them to spraying in specific areas.
“The new system offers better and more efficient communication between our spray operations and the public,” said Kenneth Conaway, Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Section regional manager. “By dividing the state into numbered spray zones and incorporating additional mobile communication platforms, it allows for quicker notification when our spray operations are scheduled.”
On the spray zone map of Delaware, the state is divided into numbered zones. Residents can enter the street address of their property in the search box and determine the numerical spray zone that corresponds to their property. Individuals can then select specific spray zones for which they wish to be notified by SZNS via the state notification system.
The spray zone map will be updated daily by 4 p.m. for any aerial applications or truck-mounted ground applications (fogging). Individuals who are not registered with the system can view the map to see which zones are scheduled for applications. The Delaware Mosquito Control Section reminds users that spraying will occur within a zone, but very rarely will a zone be sprayed in its entirety.
For more information on the new Spray Zone Notification System, please visit the SZNS webpage at http://de.gov/mosquitospray.
To report intolerable numbers of biting mosquitoes, please call Mosquito Control’s field offices between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday:
- New Castle County and northern Kent County from Dover north, call Mosquito Control’s Glasgow office at 302-836-2555; or
- Remainder of southern Kent County and all of Sussex County, call Mosquito Control’s Milford office at 302-422-1512.
For more information about mosquito control operations in the state, please visit the Delaware Mosquito Control Section or call 302-739-9917.
Vol. 45, No. 197