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County Health Dept. to Spray Larvicide Wednesday, August 9 in Newtown Township

August 4, 2017

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, the Bucks County Mosquito Control Program will conduct an ultra-low volume (ULV) spray operation using liquid larvicide to reduce breeding mosquitoes in an area bordered by Upper Silver Lake Road and Old Frost Road in Newtown Township.

The treatments will be administered via truck-mounted equipment. The spray will begin at dusk.  The equipment dispenses Altosid SR5 larviciding solution at the rate of 4 ounces of active ingredient/acre.  This product is designed to disrupt the breeding of mosquitoes in woodland pools and artificial containers. The application material has a very low toxicity profile to mammals and will have negligible impact on non-target insects and the environment.

Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which can cause humans to contract West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, all residents in areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of contracting West Nile encephalitis.

Weather conditions and other unexpected events could delay or cancel this spray operation. If conditions do not allow application on August 9, the spray will be rescheduled.

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.