Pittsfield: Mosquito spraying slated Aug. 17

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus in two samples of mosquitoes collected by the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project in Pittsfield. This is the second confirmed finding in the city this summer.

To reduce the mosquito population and potential for infection, truck-mounted mosquito spray application is scheduled for 10 p.m. to midnight Thursday, Aug. 17, on roads within a one-mile radius of the Elm and William street intersection. In the event of rain, spraying may be rescheduled for Friday, Aug. 18.

The vicinity near Garland has been identified as an area for heightened precautions against mosquito bites, but will not be sprayed at this time.

A map of scheduled spray area and pesticide application Exclusion Request Form information are available at www.cityofpittsfield.org.

The form is also available by contacting the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project at 413-447-9808 or berkmc@bcn.net.


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