Mosquitos and Tick Information

Mosquito Awareness and Prevention

Mosquito season is upon us! As such, the Lincoln Board of Health, the Conservation Commission, the Agricultural Commission, and the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust have provided residents with a guide for deterring mosquitoes and preventing their bites while enjoying the outdoors. These preferred prevention measures do not include the spraying of chemicals designed to kill mosquitoes or their larvae. Instead, the emphasis is on preventing bites through personal protection and repelling the mosquitoes. This approach has the additional benefit of preventing unintended harmful consequences of chemical spraying to humans, pets, livestock, crops, insects, birds, and the entire food chain.

There are many companies who sell mosquito and tick prevention services to residents, most of which include chemical management techniques. These companies often imply that the insecticides they spray on yards are safe for everything except mosquitoes and/or ticks. However, some of these companies are also very reluctant to reveal what chemicals they use. Instead of hiring a company to spray chemicals on and around your yard, we hope you will focus on the prevention measures outlined in the enclosed brochure. Furthermore, no spraying may be performed within 100 feet of a wetland or 200 feet of a year-round flowing stream without it first being reviewed and approved by the Conservation Commission.

Lincoln is part of the East Middlesex Mosquito Control District (EMMCD) and the Town pays for annual mosquito surveys and surveillance. This involves select trapping and testing of mosquitoes in Lincoln. The results of the testing are shared with the Lincoln Board of Health and if infected mosquitoes are discovered in Lincoln, residents will be notified. Please note that the Town does not fund annual spraying of mosquito larvae or adults and therefore, EMMCD does not conduct any chemical management in Lincoln. 

Tick Awareness and Lyme Disease Prevention

Tickborne diseases are on the rise, and ticks can be active all year-round, so protecting yourself and others on Lincoln's trails and open space is important. Wear light colored clothing when walking in the woods or fields, and consider treating your clothing with Permethrin. Carefully check yourself for ticks after a visit to our trails, and remove any you find on your skin with tweezers. This brochure from the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension has more information.