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Mosquito Spraying

Description: Adult Mosquito Spraying in Erie County to
Control the Threat of West Nile Virus

The Erie County Department of Health will conduct spraying to control the adult mosquito
population where sampling indicates the presence of mosquitoes that can potentially carry
West Nile virus.

Weather permitting, spraying will be conducted in the following area:
Wednesday, August 8
Harborcreek Township – wooded areas along Markwood Drive

All control work will begin near dusk.

The weather delay date is Thursday, August 9.

An ATV sprayer will be used.

The product being used, Biomist 3+15, is designed to kill adult mosquitoes, while posing no
danger to people, animals or plants. In accordance with state protocol, this Department
recommends that area residents close their windows and doors for 30 minutes after the truck
passes through the area.

Certain species of mosquitoes carry West Nile virus, which, when transmitted to people, can cause
West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. Anyone can
get the virus, but older adults and people with compromised immune systems have the highest
risk of developing severe illness because their bodies have a harder time fighting off disease.
The public can reduce the number of mosquitoes around their home and neighborhood by
eliminating standing water, in which mosquitoes can breed. Follow these guidelines:

• Dispose of any refuse that can hold water, such as tin cans, containers and used
tires.
• Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers, and check uncovered junk piles.
• Clean clogged roof gutters every year, and check storm drains, leaky faucets, and
window wells.
• Empty accumulated water from wheelbarrows, boats, cargo trailers, toys, and
ceramic pots. If possible, turn them over when not using them.
• Do not allow water to stagnate in birdbaths, ornamental pools, water gardens, and
swimming pools or their covers. Ornamental pools can be aerated or stocked with
fish. Swimming pools should be cleaned and chlorinated when not in use.
• Products such as “mosquito dunks” can be obtained from garden centers.
• Make sure window and door screens are “bug tight.”
• Use the proper type of light outside: incandescent lights attract mosquitoes, while
florescent lights neither attract nor repel mosquitoes.
• Stay indoors at dawn, dusk, and in the early evening when mosquitoes are most
active. If you must go outdoors, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants.
• Insect repellants with Deet, when applied (sparingly) to exposed skin, deter
mosquitoes from biting. Spray thin clothing with repellent since mosquitoes can bite
through it. Be sure to follow all directions on product labels.
• Mosquitoes are repelled by high winds, so electric fans may provide some relief at
outdoor events.

More information is available on the website www.westnile.state.pa.us and www.ecdh.org.

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Location: Markwood Drive
Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Category: Community Events*
Created by: DEFAULT ADMINISTRATOR
Updated: Monday, August 6, 2018 4:25pm EDT

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