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County Health Dept. to Spray Adult Mosquitoes August 13th in Bristol, Middletown, Wrightstown Townships

August 9, 2018

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 Monday, August 13, 2018 in Bristol, Middletown, and Wrightstown 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 0.75 ounces per acre.  These products are designed to provide quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations. These application materials have 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 Bristol Township will be the Mill Creek area, bounded by New Falls Road, Oxford Valley Road, Mill Drive, Route 276, and Route 413. The areas to receive treatment in Middletown Township are the Frosty Hollow County Park area, bounded by Frosty Hollow Road, Oxford Valley Road, New Falls Road and Route 413, and the Cobalt Area Greenway bounded by Cobalt Ridge Drive South, Cobalt Cross Road, Camellia Road, and Quincy Drive. The area to be treated in Wrightstown Township will be the Middletown Grange Fairgrounds.

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 13, 2018, subsequently Tuesday evening, August 14, 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.