Monday August 20, 2012

The Berkshire County Mosquito Project will be spraying for mosquitos starting Wednesday and continuing to Aug. 28 in Pittsfield and several other area towns.

Spraying has already taken place in Pittsfield after mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephilitis.

The spraying will take place between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., weather permitting, within a one-mile radius of where West Nile-infected mosquitoes were detected and within two miles of where EEE-infected ones were pinpointed.

The spraying locations and schedule are as follows:

-- On Wednesday (Aug. 22): Southwest Pittsfield. Areas south of West Street and west of South Street. Two-mile radius from West Housatonic Street at Callahan Drive.

-- On Thursday (Aug. 23): Southeast Pittsfield. Areas south of East Street and east of South Street. Two-mile radius from Elm Street at Williams Street.

-- On Friday (Aug. 24): Northeast Pittsfield. Areas north of East Street and east of North Street. One-mile radius from North Street at Crane Avenue. One-mile radius from Coltsville Corners.

-- On Saturday (Aug. 25): Northwest Pittsfield. Areas north of West Street and west of North Street. One mile-radius from West Street at Forthill Avenue.

Also, the following towns were also listed for the adulticide spraying applications:

-- On Monday (Aug. 27) in Hinsdale.

-- On Tuesday (Aug. 28) in Otis.

-- On Thursday (Aug. 23) in Sheffield.


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-- On Friday (Aug. 24) in Stockbridge and Tyringham.

In a news release, the Berkshire County Mosquito Project said residents may want to take steps to avoid unnecessary exposure to the spray. Those steps include closing windows and doors; turning off fans and air conditioners; staying inside during the spraying; rinse vegetables from the garden with water; and removing laundry from clothes lines.

For more information, the Berkshire County Mosquito Project can be reached at (413) 447-9808 or on Facebook.