Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
For Immediate Release
Received: Monday, August 5, 2019
Dear East Buffalo Township Supervisors,
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Vector Management has reported 1 mosquito sample testing positive for West Nile Virus in East Buffalo Township, Union County.
Additional mosquito surveillance, sampling, and larval control are being performed as necessary by the Northumberland County Conservation District Mosquito-borne Disease Control Program staff.
We recommend residents continue to take time to inspect their yards and take a few minutes to clean up, reduce yard clutter and dump out any sources of stagnant water. Residents may also purchase a variety of mosquito control and repellent products from most home and garden centers. Performing a community-wide cleanup will help reduce most mosquito concerns. Residents are urged to contact their local municipality to help promote cleaning up to reduce mosquito concerns and disease risk. Stormwater management systems can sometimes contribute to mosquito issues and are also routinely monitored by our staff.
Mosquito surveillance in the five counties that we cover (Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union) indicates that the most common mosquito species in residential areas come from artificial containers left behind by humans. Artificial containers can be something small like a flower vase to sometimes as large as a swimming pool. Additional containers such as tires, buckets, child toys, and tarps are preferred by mosquitoes because other predators found in nature which would prey on mosquito larvae are not present. During periods of drought, these containers continue to hold water and produce mosquitoes. One bucket or tire in someone’s backyard can produce hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes in a year.
May through October, mosquitoes can complete their life cycle within five to seven days. Residents should also use repellents when spending time outside. For individuals who don’t like to use repellents, we recommend taking an electric fan outside with you. Mosquitoes are weak flyers and the fan will help keep them away. As a last resort, residents can purchase insecticides from garden centers and hardware stores to spray in their yard but need to be sure to follow the label instructions.
Residents living in the five-county coalition can contact the Northumberland County Conservation District Mosquito-borne Disease Control Program by calling 570-495-4665 x303 or email email@example.com. Keep in mind that the Mosquito-borne Disease Control Program aims to educate residents about the importance of cleaning up. Individuals may need to report neighbor complaints to their local municipality to rectify the concern.
Brandon Ball, Mosquito-borne Disease Control Program Coordinator
Northumberland County Conservation District
441 Plum Creek Road | Sunbury, PA 17801
Phone: 570-495-4665 x303 | Fax: 570-988-4488