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Mosquito Spraying to Reduce Risk of West Nile Virus in Eastport

Annapolis, Md. (9-21-12) - The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), in cooperation with the City of Annapolis and the Anne Arundel County Health Department, will conduct mosquito spraying to reduce the risk of West Nile virus. Weather permitting, spraying will take place on Monday, September 24 and Monday, October 1 beginning at 7:30 p.m. and go into the early morning hours in the following areas:

•    Eastport Terrace

•    Knightsbridge

•    Primrose Acres

•    Truxton Heights

The Maryland Department of Agriculture recommends that residents in the affected area stay indoors during spraying.

To view a map of areas in Eastport being sprayed, go to http://bit.ly/RIYw60

Spraying will be conducted using MDA spray trucks. The spray material, Biomist 30-30 contains the active ingredient permethrin, and is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For the product label and Material Safety Data Sheet, visit the MDA web site. For information on health and environmental effects of permethrin, refer to the National Pesticide Information Center Technical Sheet found at http://bit.ly/P66kPI

Diseases from Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes can carry a number of diseases, including West Nile virus, which is still present in the Baltimore area. West Nile virus is a disease that is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected animal. In humans, West Nile virus generally causes either no symptoms, or mild, flu-like illness, but it can also be deadly.

Reduce Mosquitoes
Help reduce the number of mosquitoes in areas outdoors where you work or play, by draining sources of standing water. In this way, you reduce the number of places mosquitoes can lay their eggs and breed -
•    At least once or twice a week, empty water from flower pots, pet food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, buckets, barrels, and cans.
•    Check for clogged rain gutters and clean them out.
•    Remove discarded tires, and other items that could collect water.

 

For more information call the MDA’s Mosquito Control Program at 410-841-5870.

For additional information on West Nile virus, visit: 
•    Anne Arundel County Health Department - http://www.aahealth.org/programs/comm-diseases/diseases/west-nile 
•    Maryland Department of Agriculture: http://www.mda.state.md.us/plants-pests/mosquito_control/index.php
•    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm