Area WNV Mosquito Spraying to Begin Sept. 25

West Nile Virus was recently discovered in Collegeville, Trappe and Upper Providence mosquitoes, where spraying is being performed.

Mosquito spraying will occur in Collegeville, Trappe and Upper Providence on Sept. 25 between 7:15 pm and 10 pm, weather permitting - the alternative date is Sept. 27.

The Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) will perform the non-arial sprays where mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus were recently found.

The boundaries for spraying in Collegeville Borough are East Main St., West 5th Ave. and Avon Ave., east to the borough line.

The Trappe Borough boundaries will be Borough Line Rd., North Borough LIne Rd., Linfield Trappe Rd., West Main St. and West 7th Ave.

Spraying in Upper Providence Township will be limited to the Perkiomen Woods housing development.

Boundary maps can be found in the photo section of this article.

Residents can visit the EPA Website to learn more about products being used in the spraying.

According to the MCHD, there are several things residents can to eliminate mosquito-breeding areas.  Here are some tips, directly from the news release:

  • Identify and eliminate all sources of standing water that collect on your property. Mosquitoes will breed in any puddle that lasts for more than four days.
  • Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water holding containers that have collected on your property. Do not overlook containers that have become overgrown by aquatic vegetation.
  • Pay special attention to discarded tires that may have collected water on your property. They can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left out of doors. Drainage holes that are located on the container sides collect enough water for mosquitoes to breed in.
  • Have clogged roof gutters cleaned on an annual basis, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to block drains.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use. A wading pool becomes a place for mosquitoes to breed if it is not used on a regular basis.
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and do not allow water to stagnate in birdbaths.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens are fashionable but become major mosquito breeding grounds if they are allowed to stagnate.
  • Keep swimming pools clean and chlorinated. A swimming pool that is left untended becomes a source of mosquito breeding. Be aware that mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on swimming pool covers.

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West Nile Virus Found in Perkiomen Valley

Blind Dog September 25, 2012 at 11:52 AM
It's those people who come out here from Philly spraying that crap around. Right Roy?
Concerned Momma! September 25, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Not happy about this either, Roy!!!! Although it doesn't really matter which chemicals they will be using (since IM sure they're all bad!), it just says to chek their website to find out what they'll be using .. so basically their website just lists all the many types of pesticides available. I'm concerned because my daughter's preschool is in one of those areas!
lovemykids September 25, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I think spraying while we are warned to STAY INSIDE... is great and it beats our children, family, friends, pets, and neighbors getting really ill, possibly even dying!!!! I think they (the townships) had to make a tough choice in this situation, and whereas you make think it's dangerous. It is the right thing to do. People are dying from mosquito bites! Really!!!! This a no Brainer. Thank you.
Neighbor September 26, 2012 at 03:38 AM
When they sprayed in New York City and surrounding areas, it killed 90% of the mussel beds and other bottom feeding water filtering shell fish and marine life. Devastating to the water ways. The sound is still recovering 10 years later. Sorry to hear they are spraying here so close to winter.
Dave Sobczak September 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM
According to Colorado State University- How far do mosquitoes typically fly? A few kinds of mosquitoes will fly only a few yards from their larval habitat to take a blood meal. More typically adults will fly a mile or two to feed. However, some mosquitoes have been observed to fly 10 miles or more. So spraying this 3 or 4 blocks should keep us all safe.


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