The Otter Creek Insect Control District formally know as the BLSG serves the Towns of Brandon, Leicester, Salisbury, Goshen & Pittsford and was organized in 1978 (BLS) under Title 24 Chapters 4861-4866 in response to a strongly supported local demand that something be done about the mosquito problem in the area. This tiny resort area encompasses Lake Dunmore – Fern Lake and is an active summer resort area. A few destinations include: Branbury State Park (one of the state’s finest parks), Vt. Fish and Wildlife fishing access, Kampersville, Camp Keewaydin and Songadeewin both environmental camps for boys and girls. This is in addition to the numerous summer homes that are on the lake. Mosquito populations have a profound effect on the economy of the lake.
Our mission as a municipal district is to provide a valuable service to the member towns through the suppression of mosquito and biting fly populations. Without ongoing, effective insect control a standard quality of life would be adversely affected by mosquito activity. The District utilizes a variety of methods (Integrated Pest Management) in a manner consistent with the highest level of safety and minimal adverse impact on humans, wildlife, and the environment including non-target organisms.
The District is funded by the five local governments and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture through a larvicide grant. Local Town funds are used to pay for insurance and operations. Continued success with the larvicide program requires fiscal assistance from the State of Vermont Agency of Agriculture. A successful larvicide program can decrease the costs associated with the use of adulticides. A solitary larval treatment is cost prohibitive without the assistance.
We thank the citizens for their support. The OCW Insect Control District is dedicated to improving the quality of our service through research and developmental programs. Communication and cooperation with property owners, residents and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, are critical components in the effort to reduce and control mosquito populations.