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County Health Dept. To Spray Adult Mosquitoes June 22 In Tyler State Park

The Bucks County Mosquito Control Program will conduct an ultra-low volume (ULV) spray operation to reduce high populations of mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile Virus Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Tyler State Park.

 

The treatments will be administered via truck-mounted and ATV mounted equipment, spraying mosquito habitats in various 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 on non-target insects and the environment.

 

The area to receive the treatment will be in Tyler State Park in the playground area on Main Park Road near the New Dam.  Several trails and surrounded areas may also be treated, but the entire operation will remain within park boundaries.

 

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 June 22, subsequently Friday evening, June 23 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.