Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ttrjpbcz, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. ttrjpbcz

    ttrjpbcz Songster

    Jun 30, 2008
    This worried me about my outdoor animals, so I thought I would pass it along in case someone didn't know about it!

    Aug. 25, 2008 Department of Environmental Protection
    Department of Health
    Commonwealth News Bureau
    Room 308, Main Capitol Building
    Harrisburg, PA 17120

    CONTACT: Deborah Fries (DEP)
    (484) 250-5808

    Holli Senior (Health)
    (717) 787-1783

    SOUTHEASTERN COUNTIES Sprayings Set for Tuesday, Wednesday Nights

    NORRISTOWN – To protect the public against mosquito-borne West Nile
    virus, the Department of Environmental Protection will conduct
    targeted aerial sprayings between 8 p.m. and midnight on Tuesday, Aug.
    26 and Wednesday, Aug. 27, in portions of Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery
    and Philadelphia counties.
    Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which, when
    transmitted to people, can cause West Nile encephalitis, an infection
    that can result in an inflammation of the brain. One human case of the
    West Nile virus has been confirmed this year in a 27-year-old
    Montgomery County woman.
    "The West Nile infection rates we've detected among mosquitoes this
    summer are the highest we've seen in nine years," said Joseph A.
    Feola, the department's southeast regional director. "Typically, we
    see the transmission rates of the virus from mosquitoes to humans
    reach its highest levels in mid- to late-August, which makes it
    imperative for us to act now."
    Feola noted aerial treatments are recommended when five out of every
    1,000 mosquitoes tests positive for the virus. Infection rates in the
    targeted areas all exceed the aerial treatment recommendation
    threshold or have a significant population of mosquito species that
    could become infected.
    The decision to apply treatments from the air was made in consultation
    with county West Nile virus program coordinators, the Department of
    Health, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Weather permitting, residents in the targeted areas can expect to see
    low-flying airplanes that will spray Resmethrin, a synthetic
    pyrethroid product, at the rate of .0035 pounds per acre, or an amount
    equal to one-third of a teaspoon. The spray rate is half of the amount
    approved for safe application by the U.S. Environmental Protection
    Agency and should have no adverse effects to ornamental ponds or plant
    While Resmethrin is considered safe with little risk of toxicity, the
    Department of Health recommends some basic steps the public may take
    to reduce possible exposure to it:
    • Children and pregnant women should take care to avoid exposure when
    practical. If possible, remain inside or avoid the area whenever
    spraying takes place and for about thirty minutes after spraying. That
    time period will greatly reduce the likelihood of your breathing
    pesticide in air.
    • Close windows and doors and turn off window air-conditioning units
    or close their vents to circulate indoor air before spraying begins.
    Windows and air-conditioner vents can be reopened about 30 minutes
    after spraying.
    • Anyone experiencing adverse reactions to pesticides should seek
    medical care or call the Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222.

    DEP will report on all spraying activities and will make the latest
    information available at www.westnile.state.pa.us. The public may also
    call 484-250-5824 for a recorded message that details upcoming aerial
    spraying events. The recorded message will be updated daily and will
    be available through the end of this week.
    The best way to control mosquitoes is still to get rid of standing
    water on your property. Tips for eliminating mosquito-breeding areas
    are available at www.westnile.state.pa.us.

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Aerial treatments will be provided in the following
    townships and zip codes from 8 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 26
    and Wednesday, Aug. 27.

    Bucks County
    Wrightstown Township
    Newtown Township
    Northampton Township
    Warminster Township
    Middletown Township
    Falls Township
    Upper Southampton Township
    Langhorne Borough
    Lower Southampton Township
    Bristol Township
    Langhorne Manor Borough
    Penndel Borough
    Tullytown Borough
    Bensalem Township
    Hulmeville Borough
    Bristol Borough

    Delaware County
    Radnor Township
    Newtown Township
    Haverford Township
    Marple Township
    Upper Darby Township
    Millbourne Borough
    Springfield Township
    Lansdowne Borough
    East Lansdowne Borough
    Yeadon Borough
    Clifton Heights Borough
    Upper Darby Township
    Aldan Borough
    Darby Borough
    Collingdale Borough
    Colwyn Borough
    Darby Township
    Sharon Hill Borough
    Folcroft Borough
    Darby Township

    Montgomery County
    Upper Moreland Township
    Hatfield Borough
    East Norriton Township
    Lower Moreland Township
    Bryn Athyn Borough
    Abington Township
    West Norriton Township
    Whitemarsh Township
    Plymouth Township
    Norristown Borough
    Upper Merion Township
    Bridgeport Borough
    Conshohocken Borough
    Rock Ledge Borough
    West Conshohocken Borough
    Lower Merion Township
    Narberth Borough

    Philadelphia County ZIP codes
  2. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Wow. That's too close for comfort... [​IMG] My kids are covered in skito bites from 3 days ago.
  3. SuperChicken007

    SuperChicken007 Songster

    Jul 29, 2008
    Trapped in my computer
    Yeah but West Nile Virus even though its made a big deal about is no worse than a regular bug. Besides one in a hundred people will come down with symptoms bad enough to stay home, 10 in a hundred will mabye feel a little bit under- the - weather but nothing else besides that, and the rest wont feel a thing. And trust me, i did my reasearch.

    And wait a minute (double take) If the stuff they spray is harmful to humans and they spray your hens would you still be able to eat the eggs for a day or two? And what if it hurt the chickens in some way??!?!?!?!? [​IMG] [​IMG] i hate it when they do things unnecessarily....... i mean birds are delicate they can die of tiny things like slight fevers of bugs.

    On second thought, listening to my own advice, SURE the medicine could make them feel funny or contaminate their eggs but then again they could even worse die of west nile........
  4. Jaimi

    Jaimi In the Brooder

    Mar 1, 2008
    North Central Alabama
    I know a lady who, after they sprayed her neighborhood, her dog lost all his hair. She called and reported it, but "they" did nothing. They said she can't prove their stuff did it....yea right. I'd bring my hens inside.
  5. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    thanks my mom is in Montgomery county, just finished up cancer treatments and knew nothing about it.she definately shouldnt be out in it.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2008
  6. PAChickenChick

    PAChickenChick Songster

    May 4, 2008
    I just wanted to say THANK YOU for posting this very important post. I don't watch much TV and I don't read the paper. I would have missed this.

    I can't thank you enough for even thinking about the welfare of my Family!

    I know that they are saying the spray is harmless enough...and it might be...but I still think a bigger deal should have been made about the fact that ANYTHING is being sprayed on us.

    Once again, THANK YOU for taking the time!

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