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What pesticides are used for adulticide spraying in Massachusetts? Have they ever been used in the Commonwealth before?

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What pesticides are used for adulticide spraying in Massachusetts? Have they ever been used in the Commonwealth before?

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Synthetic pyrethroid pesticides are the main pesticides used in ground spraying operations for adult mosquito control in Massachusetts. These pesticides (or adulticides) have been used in Massachusetts for many years. They are chemically similar to pyrethrums, a natural pesticide produced by chrysanthemum flowers. For ground spraying operations, resmethrin is usually used. In addition to resmethrin, adulticide contains another active ingredient called piperonyl butoxide (PBO), which increases the ability of resmethrin to kill mosquitoes upon contact and at lower application rates. Other pesticide products sold in Massachusetts contain pyrethroid ingredients and are generally used to treat head lice on children and fleas and ticks on pets.

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