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County Health Dept. to Spray for Mosquitoes Tuesday in Bensalem

August 9, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Larry R. King, 215.348.6413, lrking@buckscounty.org

The Bucks County West Nile Virus Prevention Program will conduct an ultra-low volume (ULV) mosquito control operation Tuesday, Aug. 13, in Bensalem Township to reduce high populations of mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile Virus.

The treatments will be administered via truck-mounted equipment, spraying mosquito habitats in residential and park locations. Trucks used in the spray are identified with Bucks County seal logos on the doors. Mosquito.3

The equipment dispenses Kontrol 4+4 Adulticide at a rate of 0.75 ounces per acre. This 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 to non-target insects and the environment. The spray will begin at dusk.

The areas to receive the treatment in Bensalem Township will be the Bensalem Country Club, the Eddington section of Bensalem (bounded by Routes 513, 13 and 132, and the section bounded by Whittier Avenue and Emerson, Kings and Biddle Lanes.

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 Aug. 13, the back-up spray date will be Wednesday evening, Aug. 14.

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.