Friday August 3, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Pittsfield's Health Department has announced that spraying will once again take place on Friday between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. in response to the recent eastern equine encephalitis finding in the city.

Spraying will occur in the southeast section of Pittsfield in the area bordered by East Street to the north, Dalton Division Road to the east, Williams Street and Elm Street to the south, and Dorchester Avenue and Newell Street to the West.

"While no other special measures are required either before or after the application, residents may consider closing windows, turning off fans and air conditioners, washing homegrown vegetables, removing clothes from the clothesline and staying indoors during the applications," said Merridith O'Leary, Pittsfield's public health director.

Last Friday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced that EEE virus has been detected in bird-biting mosquitoes collected from the southeast section of Pittsfield. Berkshire County Mosquito Control treated the area last weekend, and plans to follow up again on Friday evening as recommended by the MDPH and Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project.

All spray exclusions registered with the Berkshire County Mosquito Project will be honored during this latest treatment. Any resident who wishes to opt out of the this application and future treatments is asked to contact the BCMP before 5 p.m. Friday evening at (413) 447-9808.