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County Health Dept. to Spray Adult Mosquitoes August 24 in Falls and Middletown Townships

August 22, 2016

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 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in Falls and Middletown Townships.

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 area to receive the treatment in Middletown Township will be the Snowball Drive and the Forsythia Drive sections including Snowball Dr, Sycamore Rd, Silverbell Rd, Spinythorn Rd, Spicebush Rd, Steeplebush Rd, Smoketree Rd, Sugarplum Rd, Spindletree Rd, Sweetgum Rd, Shadywood Rd, Sunflower Rd, Scarlet Oak Rd, Spring Valley Rd, Silverspruce Rd, Seckelpear Rd, Shellflower Rd, Forsythia Dr N, Forsythia Dr E, Forsythia Dr S, Four Leaf Rd, Foxglove Rd, Firebush Rd, Flamingo Rd, Fallenrock Rd, Firtree Rd, Falcon Rd, Fountain Rd, Full Turn Rd, Flamehill Rd, Fieldstone Rd, Fruitree Rd, Flagstone Pl, and Forsythia Crossing.

The area to receive treatment in Falls Township will be the Vermillion Drive and Thornridge Drive sections including Thornridge Dr, Tanglewood Ln, Thinkbark Ln, Twin Leaf Ln, Teaberry Ln, Tulip Ln, Tall Pine Ln, Top Hill Ln, Tearose Ln, Tapered Oak Ln, Tamarack Ln, Thornyapple Ln, Thimbleberry Ln, Turn Hill Ln, Timber Ln, Tiger Lily Ln, Thaliabush Ln, Twisting Ln, Twig Ln, Tree Ln, Timothy Ln, Turnabout Ln, Vermillion Dr, Viburnum Ln, Vividleaf Ln, Vicar Ln, Viewpoint Ln, Vine Ln, Victoria Ln, Village Ln, Vase Ln, Vitaloak Ln, Valentine Ln, Village Ln, Vermillion Way, Vermont Ln, Vermillion Ln, Vestry Ln, Venture Ln, Viking Ln, Velvet Ln, Valor Ln, Viaduct Ln, and Vermont Turn.

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 24, 2016, subsequently Thursday evening, August 25, 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.