PITTSFIELD — The Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project has released the latest schedule for mosquito control in Pittsfield to reduce those insects that carry the West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus. 
To reduce the mosquito population and potential for infected mosquitos which may carry diseases, truck-mounted ground based mosquito spray application is scheduled in the following areas: 
  • Friday, July 5, after 10 p.m.: Oak Hill and Cheshire Road, Elmhurst Avenue to Doreen Street
  • Saturday, July 6, after 10 p.m.: Baystate Road to Industrial Drive, Anita Drive to Joseph Drive, Cloverdale Street to Melbourne Road and Chapel Street, Williams Street and streets south from Brunswick Street to Holmes Road and south to Lathers Avenue 
  • Monday, July 8, after 10 p.m.: Wahconah Park, Clapp Park, Upper Springside Park, Marchesio Park, Fred Garner Park 
All spray applications will take place between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Spraying may be rescheduled due to rain. 
This application will not leave significant residue and is not persistent in the environment, according to Berkshire County Mosquito Control. 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 
Mosquito breeding can be reduced around the home by monitoring the yard weekly and draining any standing water. Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty unused flower pots and wading pools and change water in birdbaths frequently. 
To request no spraying on your property, you can call the BCMCP or send a request via email including name and property address, berkmc@bcn.net. 
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 (413) 499-9411 or visit cityofpittsfield.org or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website at mass.gov/dph/wnv.