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September 20, 2010
MERCERSBURG, Pa. -- Weather conditions permitting, spraying to control mosquito populations will be conducted during the evening hours Tuesday, with Wednesday scheduled as a backup in portions of Mercersburg borough, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Two recent collections of mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile virus in this area, the news release stated. The treatments will be conducted after sundown using the product BioMist, the news release stated.
NEWS
September 14, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday that another sample of mosquitoes from Franklin County has tested positive for West Nile virus. The county has had eight samples test positive in the past few weeks. Through mid-August, DEP officials said there weren't any positive samples in Franklin County. The state's website shows 413 samples from Franklin County have been tested so far in 2010.
NEWS
June 26, 2003
Experts say the following steps will help minimize the mosquito population: Clean rain gutters to allow water to flow freely. Cover rain barrels with netting. Remove old tires or drill holes in tires used as playground equipment. Turn over wheelbarrows, wagons and carts when not in use. Turn garbage can lids upside down and make sure trash receptacles don't contain water. Empty water from flower pots, pet food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, buckets, barrels and cans at least once or twice a week.
NEWS
May 30, 1997
By LAURA ERNDE Staff Writer Mosquitoes and good news don't usually go together, but this season Tri-State area residents may have two reasons to cheer. Cool and dry weather is staving off the biting bugs. And for those communities that still have unbearable mosquito problems, a kinder and gentler pesticide is available, experts say. The Maryland Department of Agriculture originally predicted a nasty mosquito season, much like last year's, because of a mild winter.
NEWS
July 7, 2006
Officials at the University of Maryland say that because of the recent heavy rains, this is likely to be a bumper year for mosquitoes. Getting bitten is no fun, but there might be more than discomfort involved if you're bitten by a bug carrying the West Nile virus or encephalitis. But you can increase your odds of avoiding infection if you take precautions recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. CDC's tips include: Use an EPA-registered insect repellent such as those with DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
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by BOB MAGINNIS | September 24, 2002
With a growing number of confirmed cases in the Tri-State area, including two possible human cases in Washington and Frederick counties, West Nile virus should be a cause for concern for all in the region, particularly those with weakened immune systems. It's time to eliminate the areas where mosquitoes breed. The virus is spread by the winged pests and its symptoms can resemble the flu, with fever, headache confusion and muscle pain. More serious cases can be fatal. Animals all over the region, including horses and birds, have tested positive for the virus.
NEWS
August 19, 1998
By Dennis Shaw One of life's more difficult experiences for me is to be a guest at someone's home and keep my mouth shut while they do something I don't approve of. This happened to me recently when I was invited over for "a picnic dinner out on the deck. " This sounded harmless enough, and in most respects, it was. In fact, the food, the weather and the company were nearly perfect. But alas, throughout the meal, my hosts were engaging in murder. It was hard not to be aware of it, for every few seconds I'd hear a zapping or popping sound as another innocent victim was electrocuted.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | August 20, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A crow found in a nearby subdivision has tested positive for the West Nile virus, making Berkeley County the third county in the Eastern Panhandle to show presence of the virus, health officials said Tuesday. The crow was found about two weeks ago by a property owner in the Equestrian Center subdivision, which is off Whitings Neck Road in the northern part of Berkeley County, said Jim Barnhart, a sanitarian for the Berkeley County Health Department.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | October 24, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com The mosquito-spread West Nile virus problem is over for the year because mosquitoes went dormant with the first hard freeze, but the problem will resurface in the spring, Washington County Health Officer William Christoffel said Wednesday. The freeze occurred within the last week, he said. The Health Department is already planning ways to fight the spread of the virus in the spring. The work will include putting larvicide in storm water management ponds and determining areas considered most vulnerable to outbreaks, he said.
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NEWS
August 13, 2013
Two mosquito samples from the Chambersburg area have tested positive for West Nile virus, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday. The samples were from Hamilton Township and Greene Township, the DEP said in a news release. The state's website indicates five samples have tested positive this year out of 715 collected in Franklin County, Pa.
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NEWS
August 1, 2013
A second sample of mosquitoes from Franklin County, Pa., has tested positive for West Nile virus this year. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday a sample from the Borough of Chambersburg tested positive. The DEP's website indicates it is the second positive sample out of 611 collected in the county this year.
NEWS
October 4, 2011
Mosquito spraying is scheduled for portions of Southampton and Greene townships this evening. The spraying starting at sundown will be conducted if weather permits, according to a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection news release. Residential areas will be sprayed for adult mosquitoes. The DEP said a large number of nuisance mosquitoes have emerged as the result of recent rains. Certain mosquito species carry West Nile virus.
NEWS
August 15, 2011
The children and adults at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Williamsport raised $1,000 from their Bible school offering this past summer.The money will be used to provide mosquito netting to the children of the Kuria tribe, the poorest tribe in Kenya. The netting will help protect the children from getting bitten by mosquitoes carrying malaria.Each night, Jenna Shenk, who is a doctor, spoke to the children and adults about the dangers of malaria. Shenk said 3.3 billion people live in danger of getting malaria and 250 million people get malaria each year.
NEWS
June 29, 2011
Mosquito spraying has been scheduled for this evening in Hamilton and Greene townships, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Truck-mounted spraying will be conducted Thursday if weather is poor today. Crews will spray Biomist 3+15 to try to reduce the spread of West Nile virus.
NEWS
June 2, 2011
Mosquito spraying is scheduled for portions of Quincy, Washington, Guilford, Greene and Southampton townships today, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Large populations of floodwater, nuisance mosquitoes have emerged, the news release stated. Weather permitting, crews will spray Biomist 3 + 15 in the early evening.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 24, 2011
Mosquito spraying in Franklin County is scheduled to begin Tuesday in response to increased reports of mosquito populations. Franklin County’s West Nile virus coordinator, Raymond Eckhart, said mosquitoes have more spots to breed because of standing water from this month’s rains. This year’s spraying starts two weeks earlier than normal. The Penn State Cooperative Extension Office in Franklin County has received more calls than normal from residents reporting large quantities of mosquitoes, Eckhart said.
NEWS
September 20, 2010
MERCERSBURG, Pa. -- Weather conditions permitting, spraying to control mosquito populations will be conducted during the evening hours Tuesday, with Wednesday scheduled as a backup in portions of Mercersburg borough, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Two recent collections of mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile virus in this area, the news release stated. The treatments will be conducted after sundown using the product BioMist, the news release stated.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | August 11, 2010
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- In 2005 and 2006, Franklin County held the dubious honor of having more mosquito samples test positive for West Nile virus than any other county in Pennsylvania. It was a state leader for positive samples in other years. That changed in 2010. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection had no reports of West Nile virus-positive mosquitos in Franklin County. Its data shows 265 samples were tested. The county posted 68 positive samples in 2005, 65 in 2006, seven in 2007 and 34 in 2008.
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