June 20, 2008

Pesticides in Allegheny County Water Meant to Curb Mosquito Growth

Allegheny County Health Department crews today will begin treating storm water 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. Health Department staff will disperse nontoxic pesticide into 22,000 catch basins with standing water and mark treated basins 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 the month, but could be postponed if heavy rain is forecast. Municipalities can obtain pesticide by calling the Health Department at 412-350-3886.

Originally published by The Tribune-Review.

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