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County Health Department to Spray Adult Mosquitoes August 12 in Bristol and Falls Townships

August 8, 2014

The Bucks County Health Department, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), will conduct a limited adult mosquito control spray in Bristol Township on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, beginning between 8:00-8:15 p.m. - weather permitting.

The sections of Bristol Twp. to be sprayed include Warwick Rd. and Warwick Cir., Fairbridge Dr., Saxony Dr., Barbara Rd., Gallia Rd., Ehret Rd., Fairhurst Rd., Elford Rd., Elford Pl., Cassinham Rd., Parson Pl., Drexel Rd., Arlington Rd., Platte Rd., Indianola Rd., and Valmore Rd. The sections of Falls Twp. to be sprayed include Ingram Rd., Placemont Rd., Kavanaugh Rd., Beaumont Rd., Chatham Rd., Dunedin Rd., Brentwood Rd., Chesterton Rd., Hanford Rd., Glenmar Rd., Fairfield Rd., Eldridge Rd., Dunbury Rd., Auburn Rd., Stanwood Rd., S. Olds Blvd. from Trenton Rd. to Hood Blvd., and S. Queen Anne Dr. from S. Oxford Valley Rd. to Trenton Rd. In addition, the Oxford Valley Golf Course is scheduled to be sprayed during this application session.

The application chemical will be Masterline Kontrol 4+4, and will be released at a rate of 0.75 ounces per acre. The spray will be conducted using a lead vehicle: a Ford Ranger pickup; and a spray truck: a 1997 Chevrolet pickup.  Both vehicles bear County of Bucks identification on the vehicle side doors.  The county Pesticide Applicator Number BU0107 will also appear on both vehicles. The spray will commence by 8:15 pm and conclude by 11 p.m.

According to the Pennsylvania DEP, the product is designed to provide quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations. The application material has a very low toxicity profile to mammals and will have negligible impact to non-target insects and the environment.

All county residents are asked to take precautionary measures to keep down mosquito populations by removing common breeding grounds such as stagnant water. A few ways to help: turn over wheelbarrows and plastic wading pools, drill holes in outdoor recycling containers and clean gutters of drain clogging leaves. Additionally, take measures to reduce mosquito bites by making sure window and door screens fit tight and are free of tears; stay indoors, or wear long pants and shirts during the high risk times of dawn and dusk, and any place where mosquitoes are very common; and use an effective insect repellent containing DEET, picardin or lemon eucalyptus oil.

For additional information about adult mosquitoes and West Nile Virus, please go to http://www.westnile.state.pa.us/. The Bucks County Department of Health can be reached at 215-345-3318.