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County Health Dept. to Spray Adult Mosquitoes August 28th in Bensalem, Bristol, Falls and Lower Makefield Townships

August 24, 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 Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in Bensalem, Bristol, Falls and Lower Makefield 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 DeltaGard at a rate 0.75 ounces per acre.  This product is designed to provide quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations. This application material has a very low toxicity profile to mammals and will have negligible impact to non-target insects and the environment.

The locales to receive the treatment:

  • Bensalem Township will be the area bounded by Route 13, Biddles Lane, Clinton Avenue, and Kings Lane.
  • Bristol Township will be the Crabtree Hollow section of Levittown bounded by Holly Lane and Crabtree Drive.
  • the Magnolia Valley, Birch Valley, and Elderberry Pond sections of Levittown located in both Bristol and Falls Townships. In these areas, only the greenways encompassed within Birch Drive, Bald Cypress Lane, Everturn Lane, Exit Lane, Eventide Lane, and Magnolia Drive will be treated.
  • Lower Makefield Township the area bounded by Route 332, Yardley Langhorne Road and Mirror Lake Road will be treated.

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 28, 2018, subsequently Wednesday evening, August 29, 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.