FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 27th, 2021
COUNTY HEALTH DEPT. TO SPRAY ADULT MOSQUITOES August 31st in Richland Township and Quakertown Borough
The Bucks County Department of Health West Nile Virus/Mosquito Control Program will conduct an ultra-low volume (ULV) spray operation to reduce high populations of mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile Virus Tuesday, August 31st, 2021 in Richland Township and Quakertown Borough.
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 located on the doors. The truck equipment dispenses Biomist 3+15 Adulticide at a rate of 1.5 ounces per acre. This product is designed to provide quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations. The application materials have a very low toxicity profile to mammals and will have negligible impact to non-target insects and the environment.
In Richland Township; the area bounded by Mill and Trumbauersville Roads and Mayflower Drive will be treated. The area in the immediate vicinity of Shelly will also be treated. In Richland Township and Quakertown Borough the area bounded by E. Pumping Station Road, the Tohickon Creek, Tohickon Avenue, W. Mill Street and California Road 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 August 31, 2021, subsequently Wednesday evening, September 1st, 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.