…from the City of Pittsfield’s Public Affairs Coordinator Mary McGinnis:
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus in another sample of mosquitoes collected in the City of Pittsfield this week. To reduce the mosquito population and potential for infection, Truck- mounted mosquito spray application is scheduled for Monday September 2nd after 10:00 pm on roads within a one mile radius of Lillybrook Road on outer West Street. The Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project continues to monitor the larval and adult mosquito population throughout the city and tests for mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus.
A map of scheduled spray areas is available on the City of Pittsfield website at www.cityofpittsfield.org. All spray applications will take place between the hours of 10:00 pm and 7:00 am. Spraying may be rescheduled to Tuesday evening due to rain. This application will not leave significant residue and is not persistent in the environment.
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
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.