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 September 15th, 10:00pm – midnight, on streets within a one mile radius of Lillybrook Road and West Street.
A map of scheduled spray areas is available on the City of Pittsfield website at www.cityofpittsfield.org. 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. “Massachusetts still is in peak season for possible West Nile virus infection for human infections,” said State Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Catherine Brown. “Residents need to continue to take steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites: use insect repellant, cover up, and avoid outdoor activities at dusk and after nightfall when mosquitoes are at their most active.”
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.