The Bucks County Department of Health (BCDH) West Nile Virus Mosquito Control Program will conduct an ultra-low volume (ULV) mosquito control operation Thursday, Aug. 11, in Warminster and Warrington townships to reduce high populations of nuisance mosquitoes and mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile Virus.
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 1.5 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.
Treatments will occur in Warminster Township areas bounded by Valley Road, Bristol Road, York Road (263), Lavera Road, Sloan Road, Worthington Drive, and Park Heights. In addition, Five Ponds Golf Course and Kemper Park will be treated. In Warrington Township, treatments will occur in areas bounded by 611 North, Oxford Drive, Bristol Road, Valley Road, Street Road, Neshaminy Ave., Carriage Way, Georges Lane, Rodgers Ave., Palomino Drive and Blackhorse Drive.
In addition to the ULV operations, the BCDH will also be conducting truck mounted liquid larviciding operations in Warrington Township in areas of Oxford Drive, Ted Jim Drive, Pileggi Road, Suzann Drive, and Lisa Drive.
The equipment dispenses Altosid SR5 larviciding solution at the rate of 4 ounces of active ingredient/acre. This product is designed to disrupt the breeding of mosquitoes in woodland pools and artificial containers. The application material has a very low toxicity profile to mammals and will have negligible impact on 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 Nile encephalitis.
Weather conditions and other unexpected events could delay or cancel this spray operation. If conditions do not allow application on Aug. 11, subsequently Friday evening, Aug. 12, will serve as the back-up spray date.
Click here for additional information about adult mosquitoes and West Nile Virus. The Bucks County Department of Health can be reached at 215-345-3318.
Media Contact: James O'Malley, 215-348-6414, [email protected]