From Mary McGinnis, City of Pittsfield:
September 10, 2013
Mosquito Spray Application scheduled
To reduce the mosquito population and exposure to mosquitoes carrying virus, truck- mounted mosquito spray application is scheduled for Wednesday evening September 11th in the following areas: Holmes Road neighborhoods south from Lori Court to the Lenox Line; roads between West Street and Gale Avenue/railroad line from Fort Hill Avenue to Merriam Street; Wahconah, Clapp, Kirvin and Fred Garner parks. Spraying may be rescheduled for Thursday evening due to rain.
A map of scheduled spray areas is available on the City of Pittsfield website at www.cityofpittsfield.org. Spray application will be done by the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project between the hours of 10:00 pm and 1:00 am.
Residents may want to take the following steps to avoid unnecessary exposure to the product:
- Close windows and doors and turn off air conditioners on the street side of property
- Stay inside during application period
- Rinse produce with water
- Remove laundry from clotheslines
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus in samples of mosquitoes collected in Pittsfield in recent weeks. Personal protection is the best defense against mosquito borne illness:
- When outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and socks.
- Use a repellent with DEET according to the instructions on the product label
- Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing holes in screens and making sure screens fit tightly to doors and windows
- Remove areas of standing water around your home to eliminate sources of mosquito breeding
- Schedule outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active
To request no-spraying on your property you can call the BCMCP or send a request via email including name and property address, email@example.com. For more information contact the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project at 413-447-9808.
For more information about mosquito borne viruses call the Pittsfield Health Department at 499-9411 or visit The City of Pittsfield website at www.cityofpittsfield.org or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website at http://www.mass.gov/dph/wnv.