Mosquito treatment again scheduled for August 24 in South Pittsburgh
Last updated 8/23/2022 at 4:01pm
For the second time this summer, the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) will be spraying for mosquitos in South Pittsburgh neighborhoods and adjacent communities. Collected mosquito in that area continue to test positive for West Nile virus.
The Health Department will treat identified communities with a mosquito pesticide called Zenivex E20. It is not harmful to humans or pets. Crews will use a truck-mounted Ultra Low Volume (ULV) sprayer on Thursday, Aug. 24, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. to lower the local mosquito population and minimize the risk of human transmission. Treatment will occur in the City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Arlington, Arlington Heights, Chartiers, Crafton Heights, Elliott, Southside Flats, Southside Slopes and Sheridan as well as in the Borough of Mt. Oliver.
In the event of rain, the spraying will take place Monday, Aug. 29, during the same hours.
ACHD officials urge the public to protect themselves from mosquitoes by removing standing water in yards, making sure that open windows and doors have screens, and using insect repellent on exposed skin, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. When used as directed, insect repellent is the best way to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
Previously in 2022, the Health Department sprayed for mosquitos in Pittsburgh's south neighborhoods on August 11 and east neighborhoods on August 18.
Complaints regarding properties with stagnant water can be reported at https://bit.ly/3pEdOTe
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 70 and 80 percent of people that become infected with West Nile virus do not develop symptoms.
However, approximately 20 percent who become infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people with these symptoms will recover completely and can recover on their own.
Less than one percent of people infected with the virus will develop severe symptoms of neurologic illness caused by inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues. Anyone who believes they or someone they know has West Nile virus should consult a health care provider.
There have been no reported human cases of West Nile virus in Allegheny County since 2021.