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County Health Dept. to Spray Ultra-Low Volume Larvicide Friday, September 1 in Bristol Township

August 30, 2017

On Friday, September 1, 2017, the Bucks County Mosquito Control Program will conduct an ultra-low volume (ULV) spray operation to reduce the breeding habitat of mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile Virus in areas of Bristol Township. The areas to be treated are: Norman Avenue, and the following streets in old Croydon; Dixon Avenue, Prospect and Memorial from Newport Rd. to Newportville Rd. The spray also will included the following cross-avenues: Franklin, Spring, Sheldon and Norwood avenues.

The treatments will be administered via truck-mounted equipment. The spray will begin at 9 p.m. The equipment dispenses Altoside larvicide at a rate of five (5) ounces per acre. The product is designed to provide, effective control of breeding 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 Friday, September 1, 2017, a makeup date will be announced at a later time.

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.