Monday, August 20, 2018

DEP: Aerial Mosquito Spraying In Luzerne County As Flood Waters Recede Starting At 7:00 a.m. Aug. 21

The Department of Environmental Protection’s West Nile Virus Program announced it will conduct aerial mosquito control operations as flood waters recede in Luzerne County on Tuesday, August 21  along the Susquehanna River in Exeter, Wyoming, Forty Fort, Kingston, Plymouth, Swoyersville and Avondale Townships.
DEP Vector Management staff have determined that the treatment is necessary due to high levels of West Nile Virus detected in mosquito populations this year.
2018 has seen increased levels of WNV-positive mosquito samples, with WNV-infected mosquitoes and birds found in 57 Pennsylvania counties.
Helicopter Applicators Inc. will be dispersing Natular G, which is an OMNI registered EPA reduced risk pesticide. The active ingredient is Saccharopolyspora spinosa, a naturally occurring soil organism.
The helicopter will fly low near tree top level, using a bucket system, and release Natular G over stagnant water containing larval mosquitoes. The product is released from the corn cob granules upon reaching the water and will kill mosquito larval when ingested.
The control work will begin at approximately 7:00 a.m and will last through the daylight hours.
Other Spraying Events
Other upcoming spraying events are listed on the West Nile Virus Program homepage (lower right) or Click Here to check on spraying in other parts of the state.
For more information about West Nile virus and the state's surveillance and control program, please visit the West Nile Virus website.
Dauphin County To Spray For Mosquitoes Aug. 22

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