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County Health Department to Spray Adult Mosquitoes: September 9th in Warminster and Northampton Townships

September 5, 2019

Contact: Juliet Kelchner, 215.348.6414, jekelchner@buckscounty.org

The Bucks County West Nile Virus Prevention Program will conduct an ultra-low volume (ULV) mosquito control operation to reduce high populations of mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile Virus Monday, September 9th, 2019 in Warminster and Northampton Townships.

The treatments will be administered via truck-mounted and backpack 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. A backpack sprayer will be used in the Northampton Park Lands on trails not accessible by truck. The equipment dispenses Biomist or Duet at a rate of 0.75 ounces per acre.  This product is designed to provide quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations. The application material has a very low toxicity profile to mammals and will have negligible impact to non-target insects and the environment. The spray will begin at dusk.

The area to receive the treatment in Warminster Township will be the area bounded by Allen Street, Van Horne Drive, Luther Street, Noble Street, and Potter Street. Also, the area bounded by Newtown and Rilling Roads, and Natale and Martha Lanes will be treated. The locale to be treated in Northampton Township will be the Northampton Municipal Park, and the area bounded by W. Bristol Road, N. 2nd Street Pike, Tanyard Road, and Hatboro Road.

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 9th, 2019, subsequently Tuesday evening, September 10th, 2019 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.