Phragmites australis (Common Reed) is identified by the USDA as a Massachusetts state-listed noxious weed. Reaching up to 12 feet tall by the end of its annual growth cycle, it easily outcompetes other vegetation and its presence leads to a lack of biodiversity in wetlands. From a mosquito control viewpoint, it can create pockets of water that lead to mosquito breeding habitats. NEMMC mows certain fields for access to these mosquito breeding locations which allows for pesticide application when necessary.
Kassbohrer 270D mowing Phragmites in Revere (10/2020)
Reveal of mosquito habitats in Revere (09/2017)
|Katelynn E. King||Wetlands Project Coordinator||(978) 992-6968|