UPDATE: Additional Mosquito Spraying Set for This Week
Due to the prolonged high dew point and heat into the evening hours, the scheduled mosquito spraying for tonight, Aug. 29, has been postponed until Friday 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The area cited for this spraying includes roads within a one-mile radius from:
• Route 41 at West Housatonic Street
• Lillybrook Road at West Street
• Elm Street at Williams Street
There has been no change to Thursday’s targeted spraying. The spray will occur 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The City of Pittsfield has announced that there will be more upcoming spraying by the Berkshire County Control Project this week.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus in samples of mosquitoes collected by the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project last Thursday, bringing the total up to 12 this season. The Department of Health has elevated the West Nile virus risk level for acquiring the virus from the bite of an infected mosquito to moderate statewide.
In order to reduce the mosquito population and potential for infection, another round of truck-mounted spray applications are scheduled for tomorrow, August 29 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and again on Thursday, August 30. Tomorrow's spraying will include areas within a one mile radius from Route 41 at West Housatonic Street, Lillybrook Road at West Street and Elm Street at Williams Street. Thursday will be Pecks Road at Wahconah Street and Garland Avenue at North Street.
In the event of rain on Wednesday, spraying may be rescheduled for the evening of Thursday, Aug. 30 and the Thursday scheduled spray area will be rescheduled for the evening of Friday, Aug. 31. In the event of rain on Thursday, spraying will be rescheduled for the evening of Friday, Aug. 31.
A map of scheduled spray area can be accessed through the Health Department page on the City’s website, and more tips and information about West Nile Virus can be found on the City's Face Book. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health also has information about spraying here.
Residents may request to be excluded from pesticide application by submitting an Exclusion Request Form which can be obtained here. The form is also available by contacting the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project at 413-447-9808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.