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County Health Dept. to Spray Adult Mosquitoes September 14th in Bensalem, Bristol, Falls, Middletown Township and in Tullytown Borough.

September 12, 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 Friday, September 14th, 2018 in Bensalem, Bristol, Falls, and Middletown Townships, and Tullytown Borough.

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. In addition, a barrier treatment of Flit, applied at label rate, will be applied in the area around the Bensalem Municipal Building area.  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:

  • Bensalem Township Municipal Building at Byberry & Knights Roads and the residential area bounded by Bensalem Blvd., Windward Lane North, Lighthouse Lane, and Inlet Drive.
  • Bristol and Falls Townships will be the area bounded by Penn Valley Road, Bald Cypress Lane, Magnolia Drive, and New Falls Road. In addition, the area immediately adjacent to the aforementioned area and bounded by Elford Road and Drexel Road will also be treated.
  • Tullytown Borough and Bristol Township, the residential area bounded by the Levittown Parkway, Stonybrook Drive, Farmbrook Drive, and Dogwood Drive will be treated.
  • Middletown Township, the residential area bounded by Forsythia Drive East and South, and Trenton 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 September 14, 2018, subsequently Monday evening, September 17th, 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.