The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced that parts of New Hope Borough will be sprayed Monday to eradicate mosquitos infected with West Nile Virus.
All public roads and streets within the borough will be sprayed, according to the borough website.
According to information provided by the state’s West Nile Control Program, the treatments will be administered via truck-mounted equipment, spraying residential and recreational mosquito habitat. The equipment dispenses Duet Dual-Action Adulticide at a rate of 0.75 ounces per acre.
“The product is designed to provide quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations. The application material has a very low toxicity profile to mammals and will have negligible impact to non-target insects and the environment, according to the state's West Nile Control Program,” according to information from the DEP.
Several areas in Bucks County have already been sprayed this year, including Newtown Township, Doylestown Township and Buckingham Township.
The West Nile virus can cause humans to contract West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, all residents in areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of contracting West Nile encephalitis.