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Mosquito Surveillance Starting in York County, PA for 2017

Posted: March 30, 2017

Penn State Extension York County West Nile Virus Program will start performing county-wide mosquito surveillance the beginning of April for the 2017 season.
Toys and play equipment can also be a source of breeding mosquitoes.  Be sure to inspect your yard completely!

Toys and play equipment can also be a source of breeding mosquitoes. Be sure to inspect your yard completely!

The West Nile Virus Program performs county-wide mosquito surveillance each year April through October. Sixteen years of surveillance in York County indicates that the most common mosquito species in residential areas; the House Mosquito (Culex spp.) and the Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus); are primarily produced from artificial containers left behind by humans. Artificial containers can be something small like a bottle cap to sometimes as large as a swimming pool with shallow water. Additional containers such as tires, buckets, tarps and roadside trash are preferred by mosquitoes because other predators found in nature that would prey on mosquito larvae are not present. During periods of drought these containers continue to hold water and produce mosquitoes. One bucket or tire in someone’s backyard can produce thousands of mosquitoes in a year.

York County residents can report mosquito concerns through the Pennsylvania West Nile Virus website or contact Tom Smith, York County West Nile Virus Program Administrator at 717-840-2375 or tls35@psu.edu.  Doing so will better assist our program to document areas of concern and protect public health. Keep in mind that your local municipality is responsible for addressing property maintenance issues and approves stormwater management systems. Public school districts should be practicing and teaching Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an approach to pest control that focuses on pest prevention by eliminating the root causes of pest problems. Everyone has a responsibility to help prevent and eliminate mosquito concerns!