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County Health Dept. to Spray Adult Mosquitoes Thursday, August 10 in Perkasie Borough and Richland Township

August 7, 2017

The Bucks County Mosquito Control Program will conduct an ultra-low volume (ULV) spray operation to reduce high populations of mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile Virus in areas of Richland Township and Perkasie Borough as follows: in Perkasie, the skating rink and woods around to the dog park, Walker Avenue, Bramble Lane, Strawberry Lane, Coventry Way, Kent Lane, Waltham Lane, Amherst Circle and the bike path on both sides of West Callowhill Street bordering this area. In Richland Township, the sprays areas will include Veterans Park and Walnut Banks Farm.

The treatments will be administered via truck-mounted equipment. The spray will begin at dusk.  The equipment dispenses Duet, a Dual-Action Adulticide at a rate of 0.75 ounces per acre.  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 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 Thursday, August 10, 2017, subsequently Friday evening, August 11, 2017 will serve as the back-up spray date.

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.