June 19, 2008

Allegheny County to Treat Catch Basins

On Thursday, Allegheny County Health Department crews will fan out across the county to treat stormwater catch basins with pesticide to stop mosquito larvae from growing into biting adults.

The treatments are meant to stem the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, such as West Nile virus, which has not been detected in Allegheny County this year.

Health Department staff will disperse nontoxic pesticide into 22,000 catch basins where standing water creates an ideal home for mosquito larvae. Each treated basin will be marked with green chalk. The pesticide is not harmful to people, pets or aquatic life.

The treatments will take place daily from 4 to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. They are expected to continue until the end of June, but could be postponed if heavy rain is forecast.

People can help reduce the mosquito population by emptying any standing water and treating birdbaths with nontoxic pesticide.

Municipalities can obtain pesticide by calling the Health Department at 412-350-3886.

Originally published by The Tribune-Review.

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