PITTSFIELD BOARD OF HEALTH
Roberta Orsi, MS, RN, CDE ~ Dr. Cindy Geyer ~ Steven Rogers ~ Jay R. Green ~ Dominica D’Avel
The mosquito season is upon us and the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project regularly monitors the larval and adult mosquito population and tests for mosquitos carrying the West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus. Recent weather conditions have contributed to an abundance of mosquito habitats and the emergence of a large population in many parts of the city. To reduce the mosquito population and potential for infected mosquitos which may carry diseases, truck-mounted ground based adulticide spray application is scheduled in the following areas:
Wednesday June 26th:
- Clapp Park
- Wahconah Park
- Marchesio Park
- Springside Park
- Brattlebrook Park
Thursday and Friday, June 27th – 28th
- Garland Ave to Crane Ave
- Oak hill and Cheshire Road
- Yankee Orchards
- Lakewood near Goodrich Pond and Brattlebrook Park
- Streets north of Elm from Leona to Dorchester
- Anita Drive to Joseph Drive
- Polo Grounds off Holmes Road
- Streets south of Pomeroy between Brunswick and Revilla
- Baystate Road to Industrial Drive
- Nottingham to Leroi
- Oswald Ave to Redmond Lane
- Cloverdale and Chapel Streets
All spray applications will take place between the hours of 10:00 pm and 7:00 am. Schedules are subject to change based on weather conditions. 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 Adulticide product:
- Close windows and doors
- Turn off fans and air conditioners
- Stay inside during application period
- Rinse produce with water
- Remove laundry from clotheslines
Since WNV is most commonly spread by mosquitoes, here are some things you can do to reduce your chances of being bitten:
- 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
- Remove areas of standing water around your home to eliminate sources of mosquito breeding
- Schedule outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active
For more information or to request no-spraying on your property you can contact the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project at 413-447-9808.
For more information about mosquitoes and mosquito borne viruses;
Visit The City of Pittsfield website at www.cityofpittsfield.org or call the Pittsfield Health Department at 499-9411.
Visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website at http://www.mass.gov/dph/wnv.