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Mosquito spraying set in Washington Township

September 07, 2007

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Spraying to control adult mosquito populations will be conducted tonight and Saturday night in a portion of Washington Township, weather permitting, according to a press release from Ray Eckhart of the Penn State Cooperative Extension.

Spraying also occurred last week, but post-spray surveillance showed continued high counts of mosquitoes that are capable of transmitting the West Nile virus, according to the release. A previous sample taken from the area by the Franklin County Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Department of Environmental Protection tested positive for West Nile.

The spraying will be done by personnel from the Franklin County West Nile Program, according to the release.

Truck mounted, ultra-low volume spraying equipment will be used to apply Biomist 3+15, a pyrethrin product, for the treatment. The insecticide is applied in concentrations significantly below what someone would use spraying a commercial insect control product in their home.

As of Wednesday, there have been three samples of Culex mosquitoes that have tested positive for West Nile throughout the county - two in Washington Township and one in Lurgan Township, according to the release.

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More information on West Nile virus and the state's surveillance and control program is available at www.westnile.state.pa.us.

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