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):
Thursday and Friday:
Garland Ave to Crane Ave
Oak hill and Cheshire Road
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