There is an emergence of a large population of mosquitoes in some areas of the city. 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.
To reduce the mosquito population and potential for infected mosquitoes which may carry diseases, truck-mounted mosquito spray application is scheduled for Thursday July 17th in the following areas: Springside Park, outer West Street past BCC, Woodland Drive neighborhood and Lillybrook Road.
A map of scheduled spray areas is available on the City of Pittsfield website at www.cityofpittsfield.org. All spray applications will take place between the hours of 10:00 pm and 7:00 am. Spraying may be rescheduled for Friday night due to rain. This application will not leave significant residue and is not persistent in the environment.
Residents may want to take the following steps to avoid unnecessary exposure to the product:
- Close windows and doors and turn off air conditioners on the street side of property
- Stay inside during application period
- Rinse produce with water
- Remove laundry from clotheslines
Mosquito breeding can be reduced around the home by monitoring the yard weekly and draining any standing water. Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty unused flower pots and wading pools and change water in birdbaths frequently.
To request no-spraying on your property you can call the BCMCP or send a request via email including name and property address, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information contact the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project at 413-447-9808.
Pittsfield residents are encouraged to register with the CodeRed Emergency Communications Network to receive notification of scheduled mosquito spray application or in the event of a serious weather or other emergency. Targeted phone, text and email messages can let residents in a neighborhood know of missing children, road closures, hydrant flushing, and other news that is specific to them. Go to the CodeRed link on the City of Pittsfield website to sign up for CodeRed notifications.
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.