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County Health Dept. to Spray Adult Mosquitoes Wednesday Aug. 23 in Richland Twp., Quakertown Borough, Sellersville Borough, Perkasie Borough and West Rockhill Twp.

August 21, 2017

On Wednesday, August 23, 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. The spraying will take place in areas of Richland Township, Quakertown Borough and Sellersville Borough, Perkasie Borough and West Rockhill Township. In West Rockhill Township, the spray will treat the Pennridge Waste Water treatment facility.  In Quakertown Borough, crews will treat 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, it will target Walnut Bank Farms. In Sellersville Borough, officials will treat the picnic grounds behind the Sellersville Fire Company and the ball fields in front of the Pennridge wastewater treatment plant.  Finally, in Perkasie Borough, crews will target the Callowhill Road bike path and adjoining field, and the following streets-Dorchester Lane, Amherst Circle, Waltham Lane and Chelsea Court.

The treatments will be administered via truck-mounted equipment, and ATV 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 23, 2017, a back-up spray date will be announced.

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.