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County Health Dept. to Spray Adult Mosquitoes August 15th in Quakertown, Sellersville and Perkasie Boroughs, and Richland, and East and West Rockhill Townships

August 13, 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 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 in Quakertown, Sellersville, and Perkasie Boroughs, and Richland and East and West Rockhill 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.

Veterans Park in Richland Township and Main Street Park in Quakertown Borough will receive treatment as well as the Quakertown Sewage Treatment Plant, which is on areas of both Quakertown Borough and Richland Township. The areas to receive treatment in Perkasie Borough will be Lenape Park around the area of the skating rink, and the field area at Callowhill Street and the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek. The area to be treated in East Rockhill Township will be the Iron Bridge Park. The areas to be treated in Sellersville Borough will be the pond area in back of the Sellersville Fire Company, and the Earl B. Druckenmiller Park and the Pennridge Wastewater Treatment Plant, both of which are located in areas of Sellersville Borough and West Rockhill Township.

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 15, 2018, subsequently Thursday evening, August 16, 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.