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 areas:
Wednesday, August 1
- Harborcreek Township – the wooded area north of Iroquois Avenue, west of Walbridge Road and south of Crosley Road
- City of Erie – Frontier Park
All control work will begin near dusk. The weather delay date is Thursday, August 2. 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 fluorescent 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. A