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County Set to Spray Phoenixville for Mosquitos Tonight

The mosquito spraying will take place on September 6 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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.
Debbie McGinn September 05, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Is the spraying of the insecticide done by plane or by truck?
Tom Sunnergren (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 06:39 PM
It's done by truck Debbie.
Jon September 05, 2012 at 06:39 PM
The county uses a truck mounted sprayer.
birdfan September 05, 2012 at 07:37 PM
yo what about us down here near G-Lodge I dont think either of those swaths will cover us down here. WE are being eaten alive!
Ed Roper September 05, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Since this is Phoenixville Patch, I'm waiting on somebody to blame it all on Obama.
Judi September 05, 2012 at 11:54 PM
What about bear the high school. The band has practice at the field. Has anyone informed them?
Sharon September 06, 2012 at 01:06 AM
What about the ymca? The bugs are terrible on Pothouse Rd!
Jon September 06, 2012 at 07:43 PM
contact the county health department and ask them to inspect your neighborhoods-
Janice M. Swarr September 07, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Being from Minnesota, where he mosquito is often termed the "Minnesota State Bird" I'm really happy this is finally going to happen. Every year it is done in MN for obvious reasons. Until the last couple of years our mosquito problem hasn't been so bad around here, but yes, this year, we are being eaten alive! I was hoping this procedure would eventually go into place. Hope it continues and next year, hope it starts earlier
Rhonda Blame September 09, 2012 at 03:11 PM
What are the implications to the environment? 90% of the population who get West Nile don't even know they have it. Why are they spraying for such a minuscule part of the population? I am totally against it and if you are wondering I get at least 10 bites whenever I work in my backyard.
Lee I Golombek September 13, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I am waiting for Obama to blame Bush for West Nile

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