Mosquito Spraying Scheduled
for August 27, 2015
The Cumberland County West
Nile Program will be conducting an ultra-low volume (ULV) mosquito control
operation to reduce high populations of mosquitoes capable of transmitting
West Nile Virus.
Spraying will take place in
parts of: North Middleton Township, Middlesex Township, and Carlisle
The treatments will be
administered via truck-mounted equipment, spraying residential and
recreational mosquito habitat. The equipment dispenses Biomist 3+15
ULV at a rate of 01.50 ounces per acre. Treatment time starts at dusk.
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 to 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
Alternate spray date will be
the next evening.
MAP of the spray route will be available on the
Wednesday by noon.
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
* 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.
* Have clogged
roof gutters cleaned every year as the leaves from surrounding trees have a
tendency to plug drains.
* Turn over
plastic wading pools when not in use.
* Turn over
wheelbarrows and don't let water stagnate in birdbaths.
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. If a resident has stagnant pools of water on their
property, they can buy BTI products at lawn and garden, outdoor supply, home
improvement and other stores. This naturally occuring bacterium kills
mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.