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. Recent weather conditions have contributed to an abundance of mosquito habitats and the emergence of a large population in parts of the city. To reduce the mosquito population and potential for infection, a ground based barrier spray application is scheduled in the following areas Wednesday July 9th between the hours of 10:00 pm and 7:00 am:
King Street dump, Wahconah Park behind outfield, Springside Park below Doyle Field.
Spraying may be rescheduled to Thursday evening due to rain. This application will not leave significant residue and is not persistent in the environment.
Personal protection is the best defense against mosquito borne illness:
- 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 contact the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project at 413-447-9808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.