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County Health Dept. to Spray Adult Mosquitoes Thursday, July 12th in Penndel Borough and Middletown Township

July 10, 2018

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 the Taddie Woods area of Penndel Borough, including Oak, Holly and Manor Avenues in Penndel Borough, and Washington, Lincoln, Adams and Parkview Avenues in Middletown Township. The spray will take place Thursday, July 12, 2018 and will begin at dusk.

The treatments will be administered via truck-mounted equipment, and ATV mounted equipment. 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 Thursday, July 12th, then the back-up date will be Friday, July 13.

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.