Mosquito spraying scheduled in Springfield Township

I wanted to share the following information from Springfield Township regarding upcoming mosquito spraying.

The Montgomery County Office of Public Health is planning to spray for adult mosquito control in Springfield Township due to positive testing for West Nile virus in mosquito collections.

Spraying will take place from around 8:15 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 14. In the case of rain, spraying will occur on Tuesday, August 21. Click here for a map of the spray area.

Anyone listed in the Pesticide Hypersensitivity Registry and Registered Apiaries within 500 feet of the spray area will be notified by the Montgomery County Health Department.

Answers to frequently asked questions about mosquito spraying can be found here.

All Springfield Township residents can help to alleviate mosquito breeding areas around their homes by observing the following practices:

  • Identify and eliminate all sources of standing water that collect on your property. Mosquitoes will breed in any stagnant water that lasts for 5 or more days.
  • Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, flower pots or similar water-holding containers that have collected on your property. Do not overlook containers that have become overgrown by aquatic vegetation.
  • Pay special attention to discarded tires that may have collected water on your property. They can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors to prevent the collection of water there.
  • Have clogged roof gutters cleaned on an annual basis, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to block drains.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when they’re not in use, and do not allow water to stagnate in bird baths.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens are fashionable but become major mosquito breeding grounds if they are allowed to stagnate.
  • Keep swimming pools clean and chlorinated. A swimming pool that is left untended becomes a source of mosquito breeding. Be aware that mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on swimming pool covers.

For more information about mosquito prevention and the West Nile virus, please visit the Montgomery County Health Department website.

As always, please feel free to contact my office if you have questions regarding this or any state-related issue.