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County Health Department to Spray Adult Mosquitoes August 18 in Bensalem Township

August 15, 2016

The Bucks County West Nile Virus Prevention Program will conduct an ultra-low volume (ULV) mosquito control operation Thursday, August 18, 2016 in Bensalem Township to reduce high populations of mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile Virus.

The treatments will be administered via truck-mounted equipment, spraying mosquito habitats in residential and park locations. The equipment dispenses Duet Dual-Action Adulticide at a rate of 0.75 ounces per acre.  The 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 areas to receive the treatment will be the Bensalem Municipal Building, including the amphitheater area and wood line, and the Bensalem Country Club.

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 August 18, 2016, subsequently Friday evening, August 19, 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.