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Catch basins in county treated to combat mosquitoes breeding


Starting Saturday, July 16, the Allegheny County Health Department began treating storm water catch basins with pesticide to combat the breeding of mosquitoes that can carry the West Nile virus.

“Any catch basin that holds water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, especially during the heat of summer. The pesticide we're using destroys the insects in their larval or aquatic stages and keeps them from emerging into full-fledged adults capable of spreading disease to humans,” said County Health Director Dr. Bruce W. Dixon.

The pesticide, naturally occurring bacteria that are harmless to people, pets and other aquatic life, should remain effective and inhibit mosquito breeding for much of the mosquito season.

A granular substance in a palm-sized, water-soluble pouch, the pesticide is applied manually by specially-trained Health Department staff and municipal workers from participating communities. A single pouch is deposited in each catch basin.

Health Department staff will treat about 22,000 catch basins in Pittsburgh, with the treatments scheduled to take place through July 22. If necessary, applications will continue beyond July 22, according to the same schedule and until all catch basins have been treated.

Municipal workers who have been trained by the Health Department may pick up pesticide to treat their own municipal catch basins during the next two weeks and are asked to call 412-350-3886 for more details.

Municipal workers will treat their own catch basins in the following communities:

Aleppo, Aspinwall, Baldwin, Brackenridge, Braddock Hills, Brentwood, Bridgeville, Cheswick, Clairton, Collier, Dormont, Duquesne, East McKeesport, Edgewood, Edgeworth, Findlay, Forest Hills, Fox Chapel, Glassport, Green Tree, Hampton, Indiana, Ingram, Kennedy, Leet, Leetsdale, Marshall, McKeesport, McKees Rocks, Millvale, Mt. Lebanon, Mt. Oliver, North Fayette, North Versailles, Oakdale, O'Hara, Ohio Township, Penn Hills, Pitcairn, Pittsburgh, Pleasant Hills, Port Vue, Reserve, Richland, Ross, Shaler, South Fayette, Springdale, Swissvale, Tarentum, West Deer, West Mifflin, West View, Whitaker, Whitehall, White Oak, Wilkins and Wilkinsburg.


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