Mosquito Spraying Wednesday in West Pottsgrove

Mosquito Spraying Wednesday in West Pottsgrove

WEST POTTSGROVE PA – Spraying to control the mosquito population in selected areas of West Pottsgrove Township and, it’s hoped, to reduce the potential for members of the public to contract West Nile Virus, is being planned for Wednesday (Aug. 31, 2022) from about 8-10 p.m. if weather permits, the Montgomery County Office of Public Health said.

The public health department said “adulticiding,” as the spraying is called, is being done in consultation with the state Department of Environmental Protection and township officials. Areas to be sprayed have been sampled and indicate a presence of mosquitoes that carry the virus. The adult mosquito control program is being used only in limited situations to reduce disease-infected adult mosquitoes, it added.

An accompanying map provided by the county shows the spray area is roughly bordered by Grosstown Road on the west, High Street on the south and east, Glasgow Street on the east, and Berks Road on the north. Residents within the spray area are being asked to consider remaining indoors, closing windows, and turning off ventilation systems that draw in outside air during, and for 30 minutes after, spraying.

An alternative spray date, if needed, of Sept. 6 (Tuesday) also was announced.

Workers will use Duet-brand Duel-Action Adulticide at a rate of .75 fluid ounces per acre, applied with a truck mounted ultra-low volume sprayer. Spraying will be performed by public health personnel. The department said it also will work with appropriate agencies to identify, eliminate and treat with larvacide areas where mosquitoes are breeding.

Residents can call the department at 610-278-5117 if they are concerned about areas of standing water where mosquitoes may be breeding.

Mosquito photo by the federal Centers for Disease Control