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County Health Dept. to Spray Adult Mosquitoes September 6th in Northampton and Newtown Townships

September 4, 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 Thursday, September 6, 2018 in Northampton and Newtown Townships.

The treatment will be administered via truck-mounted and Quad-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. These application materials have a very low toxicity profile to mammals and will have negligible impact to non-target insects and the environment.

The locale to receive the treatment in Northampton and Newtown Townships will be Tyler State Park, and also the Spring Garden Mill and Woodstock Drive area right outside the park and above Route 332 in Northampton 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 September 6, 2018, subsequently Friday evening, September 7, 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.