Health Dept. Schedules More Mosquito Spraying

Thursday, August 23, in Bloomfield Starting at Dusk, Weather Permitting

PITTSBURGH - In response to mosquito samples repeatedly testing positive for West Nile virus in Bloomfield, the Allegheny County Health Department will spray certain areas of the neighborhood along the Martin Luther King, Jr. East Busway on Thursday, August 23 starting at dusk, from around 8 to 11 p.m.  In case of inclement weather, the spraying will be rescheduled for a later date.

The Health Department will be using 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.

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.

One-hundred twenty-one mosquito samples collected in Allegheny County have tested positive for West Nile since mid-May, but no human cases have been reported in the County so far this year.

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