Health Dept. Repeats Mosquito Spraying In East End

Tuesday July 31 at Dusk, Weather Permitting

PITTSBURGH – In response to mosquito samples repeatedly testing positive for West Nile virus in the East End, Edgewood and Wilkinsburg, the Allegheny County Health Department will re-spray certain areas of these neighborhoods with mosquito pesticide on July 31 starting at dusk, roughly from 8 to 11 p.m.  In case of inclement weather, the spraying will be rescheduled for August 1.

The areas were selected for spraying based on having multiple positive samples that have been continuing over several weeks.  The neighborhoods include the lower part of Homewood South and Homewood Cemetery in Pittsburgh’s East End, Aberdeen Street in Edgewood, and the Hunter Park area of Wilkinsburg.

The Department will be using a mosquito pesticide called Zenivex which contains no piperonyl butoxide.  It kills adult mosquitoes, but is very safe and harmless to people and pets.  It will be released from a truck-mounted, ultra-low volume sprayer at a rate of just one to three ounces per acre.  Storm water catch basins in these neighborhoods have already been treated to stop the breeding of mosquitoes in standing water.

Health officials urge the public to protect themselves from mosquitoes by getting rid of standing water in yards and neighborhoods, using insect repellent on exposed skin and minimizing time spent outdoors during daylight hours – especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

Sixty-nine mosquito samples in the County have tested positive for West Nile since mid-May, but no human cases have been reported so far this year.

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