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DEP to Complete Aerial Mosquito Treatments to Stem West Nile Virus in Southeastern Counties
Date:8/27/2008

d areas can expect to see low-flying airplanes spraying Resmethrin, a synthetic pyrethroid product, at the rate of .0035 pounds per acre, or an amount equal to one-third of a teaspoon.

The spray rate is half of the amount approved for safe application by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and should have no adverse effects to human health, animals, ornamental ponds or plant life.

While Resmethrin is considered safe with little risk of toxicity, the Department of Health recommends some basic steps the public may take to reduce possible exposure to it:

-- Children and pregnant women should take care to avoid exposure when practical. If possible, remain inside or avoid the area whenever spraying takes place and for about thirty minutes after spraying. That time period will greatly reduce the likelihood of your breathing pesticide in air.

-- Close windows and doors and turn off window air-conditioning units or close their vents to circulate indoor air before spraying begins. Windows and air-conditioner vents can be reopened about 30 minutes after spraying.

-- Anyone experiencing adverse reactions to pesticides should seek medical care or call the Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222.

"By taking these conservative measures, recommended by the Department of Health, people can feel confident that they have limited their exposure to the active ingredient used in spraying," said Dr. Veronica Urdaneta, the Pennsylvania state epidemiologist.

Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which, when transmitted to people, can cause West Nile encephalitis, an infection that may result in an inflammation of the brain. One human case of the West Nile virus has been confirmed this year in a 27-year-old Montgomery County woman.

The best way to control mosquitoes is still to get rid of standing water on your property. Tips for eliminating mosquito-breeding areas are available at

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
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