The Bucks County Department of Health with the concurrence of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a mosquito spray on Thursday, Sept. 11. The spray will commence at 7:30 p.m. weather permitting. A rain date for the spray will be Friday, Sept. 12. The spray will be in Bristol and Falls Townships, and include the following streets in the Thornridge section of Levittown: Thornridge Drive, Thinbark, Twin Leaf, Teaberry, Tulip, Tall Pine, Tapered Oak, Top Hill, Tearose, Tamarack, Thornyapple, Thimbleberry, Turn Hill, Thornridge Way. The following lanes in Birch Valley are included: Blue Spruce, Briaroot, Black Pine, Buttonwood, Begonia, Birch Drive, Boulder, Bentwood and Barberry. The spray also will include the following lanes in Magnolia Hills: Magnolia Drive, Mistletoe, Meadow, Midwood, Mockorange, Myrtle, Mallow, Maple, Mountain, Morning Glory, Mulberry, and Marigold Circle.
The application chemical will be Masterline Kontrol 4-4, and will be released at a rate of 0.75 ounces per acre. The spray will be conducted using a spray truck: A 1997 Chevrolet pickup, with a Ford Ranger lead truck. The spray vehicle and lead vehicle bear County of Bucks identification on the vehicle side doors. The county Pesticide Applicator Number BU0107 will also appear on the vehicles. The spray will commence by 7:30 pm and conclude by 11 p.m.
According to the Pennsylvania DEP, the product, Masterline Kontrol, is designed to provide quick, effective control of 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.
All county residents are asked to take precautionary measures to keep down mosquito populations by removing common breeding grounds such as stagnant water. A few ways to help: Turn over wheelbarrows and plastic wading pools, drill holes in outdoor recycling containers and clean gutters of drain clogging leaves. Additionally, take measures to reduce mosquito bites by making sure window and door screens fit tight and are free of tears; stay indoors, or wear long pants and shirts during the high risk times of dawn and dusk, and any place where mosquitoes are very common; and use an effective insect repellent containing DEET, picardin or lemon eucalyptus oil.
For additional information about 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.