PITTSFIELD BOARD OF HEALTH
Roberta Orsi, RN ~ Dr. Cindy Geyer ~ Steven Smith ~ Jay R. Green ~ Dominica D’Avella
70 Allen Street Tel: 413-499-9411
Pittsfield, MA 01201 Contact: Gina Armstrong
Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus
The Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project regularly monitors the larval and adult mosquito population and tests for mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus in a sample of mosquitoes collected in the City of Pittsfield. To reduce the mosquito population and potential for infection, truck-mounted mosquito spray application is scheduled for Tuesday August 23rd, from 10:00pm – midnight, on streets within a one mile radius of Garland Avenue.
A map of scheduled spray areas is available by clicking on the link below. Spraying may be rescheduled for Wednesday night due to rain. This application will not leave significant residue and is not persistent in the environment.
West Nile Virus is most commonly spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito borne illness is to take the following precautions.
- When outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and socks.
- Use a repellent with DEET according to the instructions on the product label
- Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing holes in screens and making sure screens fit tightly to doors and windows
- Schedule outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active
- Remove areas of standing water around your home to eliminate sources of mosquito breeding
To request no-spraying on your property you can call the BCMCP or send a request via email including name and property address, email@example.com. For more information contact the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project at 413-447-9808.
For more information about mosquito borne viruses call the Pittsfield Health Department at 499-9411 or visit The City of Pittsfield website at www.cityofpittsfield.org or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website at http://www.mass.gov/dph/wnv.