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August 14, 2013

Mosquito spraying planned in Edinburg

NEW CASTLE — Mosquito spraying has been scheduled for Thursday in Edinburg.

The Lawrence County West Nile Virus Program will be conducting adult mosquito treatments to reduce the number of insects in areas where sampling by staff has shown unusually large numbers of mosquitoes that potentially can carry the virus.

The areas to be treated are along the river bank.

Treatment will be conducted if conditions permit. Residents of the treatment area should keep doors and windows closed and stay indoors between 9 and 10 p.m.

Program staff have been monitoring mosquito-breeding locations and conducting larviciding activities throughout the county as well as monitoring adult populations in areas of concern.

A high population of adults has been found in the areas to be sprayed. Adult mosquito control is used only in limited situations where larval controls are unable to prevent adult populations that put the public at risk for West Nile Virus.

County staff will use a truck-mounted, ultra low-volume unit to spray Anvil 10+10 in the areas to be treated.

The pesticide has no impact on human health or pets, according to county officials, and breaks down very quickly in the environment.

More information is available by contacting Janice Hassen, Lawrence County West Nile coordinator, at (724) 654-8370.

 

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