Pittsfield mosquito spraying effort begins Wednesday

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Updated: 6/26/2013 8:18 am

Pittsfield, Mass. -- The Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project will begin a three-day mosquito spraying period in an effort to help reduce the growing mosquito population in the area.

City officials say the recent weather conditions have contributed to the emergence of large populations in the area, which have the potential to carry mosquito borne viruses like the West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Residents are being asked to take precautionary steps, like staying indoors, turning off fans and air conditioners, closing windows and doors, and rising off items left outside during spraying hours, to avoid exposure during those periods.

Crews will begin the truck-mounted, ground-based adulticide spray application at 10 p.m. and continue through to 7 a.m. over the three days, with a concentration on local parks Wednesday. They will begin moving into selected neighborhoods Thursday and Friday as weather permits.

Spraying schedule (subject to change based on weather conditions):

Wednesday:

  • Clapp Park

  • Wahconah Park

  • Marchesio Park

  • Springside Park

  • Brattlebrook Park

Thursday and Friday:

  • Garland Ave to Crane Ave

  • Oak hill and Cheshire Road

  • Yankee Orchards

  • Lakewood near Goodrich Pond and Brattlebrook Park

  • Streets north of Elm from Leona to Dorchester

  • Anita Drive to Joseph Drive

  • Polo Grounds off Holmes Road

  • Streets south of Pomeroy between Brunswick and Revilla

  • Baystate Road to Industrial Drive

  • Nottingham to Leroi

  • Oswald Ave to Redmond Lane

  • Cloverdale and Chapel Streets

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