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County Health Dept. to Spray Adult Mosquitoes Monday, August 14 in Richland Township, Quakertown Borough and Wrightstown Township

August 10, 2017

On Monday, August 14, 2017, 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 in areas of Richland Township, Quakertown Borough and Wrightstown Township. In Wrightstown Township, the event will cover the Middletown Grange Fair grounds in advance of the 69th annual fair.  In Quakertown Borough, spraying will include Main Street park, Madison Court, Independence Place, Washington Court, Jefferson Court, Constitution Place, Congress Court, Glen Meadow Court.  Also in Quakertown Borough, the fields behind the Bucks County public library off of Mill Road including the area around the new outdoor amphitheatre, near and around the ball fields also off of Mill Road. In Richland Township, the fields and trails behind the Quakertown sports complex joining with the area around the Quakertown ball fields and amphitheatre will be treated.

The treatments will be administered via truck-mounted equipment. The spray will begin at dusk.  The equipment dispenses Duet, a 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.

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 14, 2017, subsequently Tuesday evening, August 15, 2017 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.