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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Mosquito Spraying Set for Lycoming County on July 8 to Aid Upcoming Public Events

Mosquito Spraying Set for Lycoming County on July 8 to Aid Upcoming Public Events

HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection will apply treatments the evening of Friday, July 8, in portions of the City of Williamsport and Woodward Township, Lycoming County, to control adult mosquito populations.

The treatments will be administered in an effort to bring adult mosquito populations under control prior to the Andrew’s Special Kids Foundation Susquehanna River Fanny Float and motorcycle ride events scheduled in the targeted areas the following day.

The treatments will be administered with ATV-mounted equipment to spray open spaces in residential areas and recreational areas. The equipment dispenses Biomist 3 + 15, a permethrin insecticide product, at a rate of 1.50 ounces per acre. This product is designed to provide quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations.

Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which can cause humans to contract West Nile encephalitis, an infection that may result in inflammation of the brain.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all residents in areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of getting West Nile encephalitis.

There have been no confirmed human cases in Pennsylvania this year; however, mosquito samples in 13 counties have been identified with the West Nile virus.

Individuals can take a number of precautionary measures around their homes to help eliminate mosquito-breeding areas, including:

• Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar containers that hold water on your property.
• Properly dispose of discarded tires that can collect water. Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed.
• Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers.
• Turn over wheelbarrows and don’t let water stagnate in birdbaths.
• Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers.

For stagnant pools of water, homeowners can buy Bti products at lawn and garden, outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. This naturally occurring bacteria kills mosquito larva but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.

Additionally, these simple precautions can prevent mosquito bites, particularly for those who are most at risk:

• Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes.
• Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.
• When possible, reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during peak mosquito periods, usually April through October.
• Use insect repellants according to the manufacturer’s instructions. An effective repellant will contain DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician if you have questions about the use of repellant on children, as repellant is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

For more information about West Nile virus and the state’s surveillance and control program, visit www.westnile.state.pa.us.

6 comments :

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if the fresh water impound ponds on the gas well sites are being treated for mosquito control during West Nile transmission season?

Anonymous said...

if they can spray for special events way not do it more to get rid of them

Anonymous said...

Please read the more recent post on budget cuts and no tax hikes to answer your question.

coho said...

Oh no! spraying for mosquitos?? wont this contaminate the water, wells, and streams. Cause all kinds of health problems etc?
Oh, thats ok, as long as its not a well no one cares.

Anonymous said...

Coho,

I could not have said it better myself.

Anonymous said...

It was a toss-up. Either pay for my welfare steak or spray the skeeters. Looks like I won!!!