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County Health Department to Spray for Adult Mosquitoes

August 8, 2018

August 8th in Northampton and Upper Southampton Townships

The Bucks County Mosquito Control Program will conduct an ultra-low volume (ULV) mosquito control operation to reduce high populations of mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile Virus Wednesday, August 8, 2018 in Northampton and Upper Southampton Townships.

The treatments will be administered via truck-mounted equipment, spraying mosquito habitats in residential and park locations. Trucks used in the spray are identified with Bucks County seal logos located on the doors. The equipment dispenses Duet Dual-Action Adulticide at a rate of 0.75 ounces per acre or DeltaGard at a rate 0.66 ounces per acre.  These products are designed to provide quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations. In addition, one truck will be dispensing Altosid Liquid Larvicide at a rate of 5 ounces per acre. These application materials have a very low toxicity profile to mammals and will have negligible impact to non-target insects and the environment.

The areas to receive the treatment in Northampton Township will be the Parklands of Northampton Township off of Hatboro Road and the neighborhoods abutting this park, bounded by Bristol Road, Second Street Pike (RTE 232), Hatboro Road, and Virginia, Hampton, Norton, Kitty Knight, Julianna, Woodland, and Surrey Drives. The area to be sprayed in Upper Southampton Township will be Tamenend Park.

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 8, 2018, subsequently Thursday evening, August 9, 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.