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County Health Dept. to Spray Adult Mosquitoes Thursday, Sept. 7 in Warminster, Newtown and Wrightstown Townships

September 5, 2017

On Thursday, Sept. 7, 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. This event will take place in areas of Wrightstown, Newtown and Warminster Townships.  In Warminster Township, impacted roads will include Adams Avenue, Baird, Craven, Mercer, Ferry, Allen, Rush, Shield, Tennant, Evans, Fenton, Grier, Hart, Knight, Potter, Jamison, Nobel, Sharon, Thompkins, Luther, Walk, and Gilbert streets.  Also in Warminster, the spray will include Findley and Holt terrace, Elmwood Avenue, and Downey Drive; as well as Lacey Park, all in Warminster Heights. Also in Warminster; Lexington, Concord, Winchester and Lowell Roads.  In Wrightstown Township, the Health Department will spray the Grange fairgrounds on Penns Park Rd.  In Newtown Township, the area to be treated includes Upper Silver Lake and Old Frost roads.

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 September 7, 2017, then Friday, September 8, 2017 will be the backup 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.