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County Health Dept. to Spray Adult Mosquitoes September 12th in Quakertown, Sellersville and Perkasie Boroughs, and Richland, Hilltown and West Rockhill Townships

September 10, 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, September 12th, 2018 in Quakertown, Sellersville, and Perkasie Boroughs, and Richland, Hilltown 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 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 areas to receive treatment:

Richland Township - Veterans Park off E. Pumping Station Road, Quakertown Sewage Treatment Plant off E. Broad Street and the Quakertown Sports Complex off California Road.

Quakertown Borough - the Quakertown Sewage Treatment Plant, Main Street Park and the surrounding residential area bounded by South Main Street, South 9th Street, Constitution Place and the Beaver Run Creek. In addition, the Quakertown Sports Complex and the residential area bounded by California Road, N. Main Street, West Mill Street and the whole Sports Complex will be treated.

Perkasie Borough - Lenape Park around the area of the skating rink, the Park area at Callowhill Street and the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek.

Sellersville Borough - Lenape Park, the pond area in back of the Sellersville Fire Company, the Earl B. Druckenmiller Park and the Pennridge Wastewater Treatment Plant which are located in both Sellersville Borough and West Rockhill Township.

Hilltown Township - the Pleasant Meadows area, bounded by East Walnut Street, Orchard Road, Hillcrest Road and the Pleasant Spring Creek.

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 12, 2018, subsequently Thursday evening, September 13th, 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.