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County Health Dept. to Spray Adult Mosquitoes Sept. 8 in Morrisville Borough, Bensalem Township, Bristol Township

September 06, 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 on Thursday, September 8, 2016 in Bensalem Township, Bristol Township, and Morrisville Borough.

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 will be the Morrisville Borough sewage treatment plant, Bensalem Municipal building grounds, Bensalem Country Club, Whittier Avenue, Fleetwood Avenue and Gravel Pike in Bensalem, and the wooded area behind the Bucks County Govt. Services Center complex on New Falls Road in Bristol Township.

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 8, 2016, then subsequently Friday evening, September 9, 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.