The Delaware Public Health District (DPHD) has issued an urgent advisory for residents of Liberty Township and the city of Sunbury. Mosquito spraying is set to take place on Wednesday, September 20, following the discovery of a mosquito collection trap that tested positive for the West Nile virus. The DPHD is taking this proactive measure to mitigate the risk of the virus spreading further in the community. For those interested in the specifics of the spraying area, click here for a detailed map.
Opt-Out Options and Updated Plans
Residents who prefer not to have their property sprayed have the option to opt-out. They can either call the Health District at (740) 368-1700 or fill out an online form to be placed on the no-spray list. It’s crucial to note that requests must be submitted by 12 p.m. on the day of the scheduled spray. If you’ve previously opted out of spraying earlier this summer, your property will automatically remain on the do-not-spray list for the remainder of 2023. Updated spraying plans and other announcements will be made available on the Delaware Public Health District’s website and its social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter.
Personal Precautions: How to Protect Yourself
While the DPHD is taking steps to control the mosquito population, residents are also urged to take personal precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites. The most effective way to prevent the spread of the West Nile virus is to eliminate standing water, which serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Residents should ensure their property is free from stagnant water in flowerpots, bird baths, tarps, gutters, and other potential collection points.
Moreover, it’s advisable to avoid outdoor activities during the morning and evening hours when mosquitoes are most active. If you must go outside, wearing light-colored, long-sleeved clothing and applying an EPA-registered insect repellent can offer additional protection.
Chemicals Used and Further Information
For those concerned about the type of chemicals used in the spraying, the DPHD assures that they are using EPA-approved mosquito control chemicals. Detailed information about the mosquito control program, including the types of chemicals used, can be found on the Delaware Public Health District’s Pest and Disease Control webpage.