Easy way to report large mosquito populations amid new West Nile cases

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ADAMS COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) – Mosquito samples from Conewago Township in Adams County have tested positive for West Nile Virus – a first for the county this year.

It comes just one day after York County also reported their first case of 2019.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection Vector Management reports finding a positive test for West Nile Virus from a sample collected by the York County Mosquito Surveillance Program July 29 in Springettsbury Township. Additional mosquito surveillance, sampling, and larval control are being performed.

On the heels of these new cases, officials are reminding the public that they can easily file a complaint with the DEP if they feel populations in their area are becoming a nuisance.

“If we have four people in one area complaining, and we can focus in on where is the problem coming from, then that helps a lot,” said Cumberland County’s Public Health Technician, Marcus Snyder. “We do tend to respond to every complaint.”

Once a complaint is made at www.dep.pa.gov/westnile, it’s sent to your respective county and then dealt with at that level.

So far, York County has two confirmed cases of West Nile, while Adams County just has one – Lancaster County has the most in the midstate, at eight.

Mosquito surveillance in York County shows that the most common mosquito species in residential areas come from containers left behind by humans such as bottle caps, buckets, tarps, and swimming pools. They say one bucket or tire in someone’s backyard can produce hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes in a year.

The department of environmental protection recommends residents be proactive by inspecting their yards and reduce yard clutter or purchase mosquito control and repellent products.

For information about West Nile Virus and Zika Virus symptoms in humans, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-Health.

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