HARRISBURG, Pa., June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Weather permitting, the Department of Environmental Protection and theWest Nile staff in Adams County will apply treatments the evening of Wednesday, June 23, in Butler and Mount Joy townships
High populations of adult mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile virus have been detected in these townships.
The treatments will be administered during the evening hours with truck-mounted equipment to spray open spaces in residential and recreational areas of the township. The equipment dispenses Biomist 3 + 15, a permethrin insecticide product, at a rate of 0.75 ounces per acre. This product is designed to provide quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations.
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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all residents in areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of getting West Nile encephalitis.
There have been no confirmed human cases in Pennsylvania in 2010.
Individuals can take a number of measures around the home to help eliminate mosquito-breeding areas, including:
For stagnant pools of water, homeowners can buy Bti products at lawn and garden, outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. This naturally occurring bacteria kills mosquito larva, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.
In addition, here are some simple precautions to prevent mosquito bites, particularly for people who are most at risk:
For more information about West Nile virus and the state's surveillance and control program, visit www.westnile.state.pa.us.
Media contact: Tom Rathbun, 717-787-1323
Source: Department of Environmental Protection's South-central Region office.
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
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