FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26th, 2021
COUNTY HEALTH DEPT. TO SPRAY ADULT MOSQUITOES in Lower and Upper Southampton and Middletown Townships
The Bucks County Mosquito Control Program will conduct an ultra-low volume (ULV) mosquito control operation to reduce high populations of mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile Virus Wednesday, July 28th, 2021 in Upper and Lower Southampton and Middletown Townships.
The treatment 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 located on the doors. The equipment dispenses Biomist 3+15 at a rate 0.75 ounces per acre. This product is designed to provide quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations. These application materials have a very low toxicity profile to mammals and will have negligible impact to non-target insects and the environment.
The locale to receive the treatment in Upper and Lower Southampton Townships will be bounded by Bustleton Pike, and Buck, W. Bristol and Chinquapin Roads. In addition, Playwicki Farm, the Dolphin Swim Club and the Lower Southampton tract will be treated in Lower Southampton Township. In Middletown Township, Playwicki Park will be treated.
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 July 28th, 2021, subsequently Thursday evening, July 29th, 2021 will serve as the back-up spray date.
For additional information about adult mosquitoes and West Nile Virus, please click here. The Bucks County Department of Health can be reached at 215-345-3318.