Mosquito spraying in DuBois
August 14, 2013
DuBois-Have you noticed a mosquito problem in the area? The City of DuBois will be sprayed with treatments to control adult mosquito populations tomorrow evening.
The Department of Environmental protection will be applying the treatments to open spaces in residential and recreational areas by truck and ATV-mounted equipment. The DEP says chemicals being used have a very low toxicity profile to mammals and are safe for the environment. The truck dispenses Zenivex and the ATV dispenses Biomist High levels of nuisance mosquitoes have been detected in the area. This type of mosquito does
not typically carry West Nile virus.
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 contracting West Nile encephalitis.
Individuals can take a number of precautionary measures around their homes to help eliminate mosquito-breeding areas, including: Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar containers that hold water.Properly dispose of discarded tires that can collect water. Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed.Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers.Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains.Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.Turn over wheelbarrows and don't let water stagnate in birdbaths. Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers.