The application of pesticides is regulated under 333 CMR 13. This regulation is available for viewing at www.mass.gov/agr.
If you desire to have your property excluded from the application of pesticides (such as truck spraying for mosquitoes) you must comply with 333 CMR 13.04: Exclusion for Application which reads:
1. Designation for exclusion may be made by supplying the clerk of the municipality in which such lands lie with a certified letter providing the name, address, telephone number (if any), the names of all abutters, and defining programs from which exclusion is requested.
2. Designations may be made prior to March 1 of each year and shall be effective from April 1 of that year through March 31 of the following year.
Exclusion designations received after March 1 will not be honored by Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control and Wetlands Management District, the entity that handles mosquito control for the District which includes Ipswich.
All areas designated for exclusion from Wide Area Applications of pesticides and mosquito control applications of pesticides approved by the State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board shall be marked as follows:
(a) Applications by Aircraft. The person requesting exclusion shall clearly mark boundaries or areas to be excluded with helium filled balloons or other marking methods previously approved by the Department. Such balloons or other marking materials shall be provided by the Contracting Entity. The Contracting Entity shall appropriately mark the excluded areas on the maps required under 333 CMR 13.04(5) and on maps used by the pilots who shall be alerted by the Contracting Entity of the markings delineating the excluded area.
(b) Ground Applications. The person requesting exclusion shall mark the boundaries or areas to be excluded at least every 50 feet with orange surveyor’s tape or another Department-approved marking device which clearly defines the area of exclusion. These markings shall be made known to the Contracting Entity, who shall be responsible for communicating the details of their marking to those who will carry out the application.
Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control can be reached at 978-463-6630. For more information, visit their website at www.northeastmassmosquito.com.
An exclusion form can be found at www.ipswichma.gov/publichealth under the Resources tab