The Bucks County Department of Health West Nile Mosquito Control Program will conduct a barrier treatment mosquito control operation Thursday, Sept. 9, to reduce high populations of nuisance mosquitoes and mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile virus in Penndel and Bristol boroughs.
The treatment will be administered via backpack equipment, spraying mosquito habitats in park and borough locations. The equipment dispenses Flit 10EC at a rate of 36.6 fluid ounces of diluted product per acre. This product is designed to provide quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations.
The locale to receive the treatment in Penndel Borough will be Taddei Woods. Various Borough owned properties will be treated in Bristol Borough.
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 Sept. 9, subsequently Friday, Sept. 10 will serve as the back-up spray date.
For additional information about adult mosquitoes and West Nile Virus, visit http://www.westnile.state.pa.us/. The Bucks County Department of Health can be reached at 215-345-3318.