LLHD Announces 2021 Mosquito Control Program

On June 8, the Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) issued this statement:

Ledge Light Health District is offering mosquito control consultation services and larvicidal mosquito dunks to residents in East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, Old Lyme, New London, North Stonington, Stonington, and Waterford.

 

Mosquito dunks are a larvicide designed to lessen the potential for West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and Zika Virus. They are safe for use around the home because they utilize a naturally occurring biological treatment to eliminate mosquitos before they become flying/feeding adults.

 

Now is the time to be proactive about mosquito control because they are just beginning to breed for the summer season. Breeding sites include standing water in wetland areas or yard depressions, clogged rain gutters, empty garden containers, used tire piles, pool covers and tree holes.

 

It is important to empty standing water on your property once a week to eliminate potential mosquito breeding. When standing water cannot be removed, using a larvicide will eliminate immature mosquitoes before they can mature into flying adults. Flying adults are much more difficult and costly to eliminate.

 

Ledge Light Health District will provide to residents or homeowners association, free of charge:

 

  1. A site visit to assess standing water issues and make recommendations for eliminating mosquito breeding conditions
  2. An initial treatment with mosquito dunks*
  3. A season‐long supply of mosquito dunks, until our supply is eliminated.

*Please note that the District will only provide larvicide dunks for standing water bodies less than 400 square feet. Application of the larvicide will be done by the homeowner.

 

For more information: Kara Hovland 860‐448‐4882 extension 1308 (East of Thames River); or Patti Myers, 860‐434‐1605 extension 214 (West of Thames River).

LPP Offers “Afternoon at Ballek’s Garden Center” Jun. 13

On Sunday, Jun. 13, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Lyme Pollinator Pathway (LPP) will offer an “Afternoon at Ballek’s Garden Center” (in East Haddam) – an event where participants can create or purchase a pollinator planter, or buy a selection of native pollinator plants to take home.  The event is limited to 40 participants. Register by emailing lymepollinator@gmail.com.  Participants will receive a coupon for 10 percent of select items at Ballek’s.  LPP is an initiative of the Town of Lyme’s Sustainable Committee.

LLT Offers Final Meetings of Children’s Outdoor Clubs Jun. 12

On Saturday, Jun. 12, the Lyme Land Trust (LLT) will offer the final meetings of its outdoor clubs for children at two different Lyme preserves.  The Sapling Club (for elementary school children) will meet from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Banningwood Preserve.  The Hiking Club (for middle school children) will meet from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Lay-Allen Preserve.  Registration is required; space is limited.  Contact Regan Stacey at reganstacey@gmail.com to register and receive full details.

LLT Holds “Dark Sky” Observing Session Jun. 11

On Friday, Jun. 11, from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., the Lyme Land Trust (LLT) will hold a “Dark Sky” observing session at an area location to be disclosed.  Participants are invited to come anytime during the session, if they park a short way from the site and walk in.  Participants who plan to set up equipment are asked to arrive before dark and stay the whole time so as not to disturb others.  Reservations are required. Contact Scott Mallory at scott.mallory@gmail.com to register and receive full event details.

Friends of the Lyme Public Library Annual Meeting & Concert on Jun. 17

On Thursday, Jun. 17, at 6:30 p.m., the Friends of the Public Library will hold its annual meeting outside on the Town Green, followed by a concert by Plywood Cowboy. (The concert begins at 7:00 p.m.) Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and refreshments, and to practice social distancing. To register for the meeting and concert, and receive a Zoom invitation, send an email to programreg@lymepl.org. For more information, call the library at 860-434-2272.