Animals and Pests


What are town regulations for dog vaccinations?

Massachusetts State Law (M.G.L. Chapter 140, Section 145B) requires all dogs and cats over 6 months of age to be vaccinated against rabies. Proof of current vaccination status is required to receive a dog license (PDF) from the Provincetown Town Clerk. If you cannot afford a rabies vaccine, please contact the Animal Control Officer at (508) 487-1212. Low-cost rabies clinics are offered in town periodically.

Who do I call if my pet has been involved in an animal bite incident?

Please call the Animal Control Officer immediately at (508) 487-1212. Be prepared to provide the Animal Control Officer with proof of vaccination status of your pet. Your pet may need to be quarantined for a period of time. If this is the case, you will be issued a quarantine notice from Health Department staff.


My neighbor sprays Roundup® on his plants and I'm afraid it travels to my property. What can I do?

If a pesticide is approved for sale by the Massachusetts Pesticide Board, local governments may not make any additional regulations for the use of that pesticide. If you have concerns about the use of a particular pesticide, herbicide, or insecticide, you may want to calmly explain those concerns to your neighbor.

If you have concerns about the work of the Massachusetts Pesticide Board, you may wish to contact the Department of Agricultural Resources or your local State legislator. The Health and Conservation Agents of Outer Cape Cod have developed a Pesticide FAQ (PDF) for more information.


Who does mosquito control in Provincetown?

The Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project handles mosquito control for Cape Cod. You may contact them at 86 Willow Street, Yarmouthport, MA 02675 or 508-775-1510.

The Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project monitors and treats areas within the community that are breeding habitat for mosquitos. The program uses a combination of water management, larvicide and education to reduce mosquito populations. Since April a crew has been monitoring freshwater swamps in Provincetown on a regular basis. Every ten days the swamps are checked and if needed they are treated with a larvicide.

Mosquitos will lay their eggs in any standing water. Anything holding water (buckets, tires, boats, tarps, etc.) should be drained. Bird baths should have water changed daily.

The following sites have been monitored so far this season:


  • Gulls Nest development
  • Howland Street area
  • Ball Field
  • Various sites along Route 6

No mosquito larve were found in these locations.

Mosquito breeding sites that have been treated include: 

  • Swamp area adjacent to Coastal Acres Camp Ground on Shank Painter pond
  • Water body near the funeral home off Harry Kemp Way
  • The Provincetown Airport

If you would like to have a water body monitored for possible treatment of mosquitos please contact the Cape Cod Mosquito Control Program by calling Gabrielle Sakolsky, Assistant Superintendent at 508-775-1510.

Where can I find out more information about mosquitos and mosquito control?

The Barnstable County Department of Health and the Environment has information on mosquitos available on their website. The Massachusetts State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board also has information.

Mosquitos Most Commonly Associated with Arboviral Activity in Massachusetts Fact Sheet (PDF)

Current Mosquito Control Procedures (PDF)