DEP To Spray To Control Mosquitoes Today; Cites West Nile Concerns

August 21, 2018

A helicopter crew will conduct aerial treatments to control large populations of mosquito larvae along the Susquehanna River today, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Treatments of a “reduced risk pesticide” will be dispersed near the river in Exeter, Wyoming, Forty Fort, Kingston, Plymouth and Swoyersville, according to a news release DEP officials issued Monday. The work will begin at about 7 a.m. today and will last throughout the daylight hours. The pesticide treatments are needed due to high levels of West Nile virus detected in mosquito populations this year, the news release states. Infected mosquitoes and birds have been found in 57 Pennsylvania counties. — ERIC MARK

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