With the county’s first confirmed last week, the Chester County Health Department announced it will execute a significant mosquito-spraying project in Phoenixville and the surrounding area on September 6.
The treatment, which will take place on Thursday between 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (with a rain date scheduled for September 7), will involve the administration of Permanone RTU, an insecticide, in two large swaths of Phoenixville, Schuylkill Township, and Charlestown Township.
The perimeter of the first spray zone stretches along Nutt Road from County Line Road to Main Street, continues down 29 to Buckwalter Road, carries over to Valley Forge Christian College, goes down Charlestown Road to Hilltop Road, then cuts over to Township Line Road.
The second area that will be sprayed is a large hexagonal block north of Bridge Street, pinched in by the perimeter of the river.
(See a map of the planned spray area here.)
1.5 ounces of the insecticide will be sprayed per acre.
In addition to its own efforts, the health department recommends residents take the following precautions to help eliminate mosquito-breeding areas:
- Dispose of open containers on your property that may collect water, such as tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, etc.
- Keep your property clear of old tires or avoid areas where they may be stored.
- Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers so that water will not collect.
- Clean roof gutters, particularly if leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains.
- Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
- Turn over wheelbarrows and don’t let water stagnate in birdbaths.
- Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools when not in use. A swimming pool left untended for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on pool covers.
- For stagnant pools of water, homeowners can buy BTI products at lawn and garden supply stores. This naturally occurring bacterial product kills mosquito larvae but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.
It also advises people take the following precautions to avoid mosquito bites:
- Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes.
- Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.
- When possible, reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during the summer.
- Use insect repellants. An effective repellant will contain DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Always be sure to follow the manufacturer label directions. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician if you have questions about the use of repellant on children, as repellant is not recommended for children under the age of two months.