Weather permitting, the city’s Department of Public Health will apply mosquito-control treatments tonight to parts of Pennypack Park.
The targeted area gets a lot of use — the stage area where the park holds its Summer Concert Series. Spraying will begin this evening in the park between Rhawn Street, Welsh Road, Cresco Avenue and Pennypack Creek, and that part of the park will closed then.
The department’s Vector Control staff will apply an aerosol mist that kills mosquitoes on contact, helping to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus. Anvil 10 + 10, a synthetic pyrethroid, has no residual effects and no ill effects on humans, according to the Department of Public Health.
You can prevent mosquito bites in the park or elsewhere by remembering the following tips:
- Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known to have large numbers of mosquitoes
- When possible, reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during peak mosquito periods, usually April through October
- Use insect repellents according to the manufacturer’s instructions. An effective repellent will contain DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus
- Consult with a pediatrician or family physician about the use of repellent on children. Repellent is not recommended for children under the age of 2 months