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County Health Dept. to Spray Adult Mosquitoes July 25th in Lower Makefield Township

July 23, 2018

The Bucks County West Nile Virus Prevention Program will conduct an ultra-low volume (ULV) mosquito control operation to reduce high populations of mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile Virus Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in Lower Makefield Township.

The treatments will be administered via truck-mounted spray and Quad equipment, spraying mosquito habitats in residential and park settings. Trucks used in the spray are identified with the Bucks County seal located on the doors. The ULV equipment will dispense Duet Dual-Action Adulticide at a rate of 0.75 ounces per acre or DeltaGard at a rate of 0.66 ounces per acre.  These products are 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.

The area to receive the treatment in Lower Makefield Township is the area bounded by Suphin Road, Morrisville Road, Big Oak Road and Makefield Road.

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 July 25, 2018, subsequently Thursday evening, July 26, 2018 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.