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Mosquito Spraying Set for Wednesday in Bryn Mawr

The Montgomery County Health Department is responding to evidence of West Nile virus-carrying adult mosquitoes.

The Montgomery County Health Department plans to spray chemicals Wednesday night in Bryn Mawr and Villanova to kill mosquitoes, a response to evidence that West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes have been in the area.

The spraying will take place from about 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., to the northeast of Montgomery Avenue between Spring Mill Road and Roberts Road, the department announced Friday. If it must be postponed because of weather, it will take place Monday, Sept. 24.

Residential streets will be sprayed; chemicals will not be sprayed on the campus.

There have been several positive tests for West Nile virus in Lower Merion mosquitoes throughout the summer, though mostly in Wynnewood. No humans have been reported infected in the township.

Any resident with questions about the spraying may call the health department at 610-278-5117.

Deirdre September 15, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Thank you so much for letting us know so those of us with sensitivities can clear out and others can just shut their windows and keep the dogs off the lawn. This should be done by ALL chemical companies. I saw spray coming through my chiildrens bedroom windows this summer when my neighbors were getting their tree's sprayed. When I complained to the sprayer to please ket me know ahead of time, he snarled that I need to be n the "Pennsylvania Chemical Sensitive List" before they will take the time to spray, which must be recomended by your doctor. If they keep spraying like that we will ALL BE ON THE LIST! Those people are just the canary's in the coal mine for the rest of us. THANK YOU AGAIN, I am sad to know that all the sick and sensitive people will be not be reading this!
jane landau September 15, 2012 at 11:10 PM
how do we request that our house not be sprayed due to asthma? If Harriton is not sprayed with chemicals, what makes you think the rest of us want chemicals?
JEFFREY September 16, 2012 at 12:52 AM
To Jane Landau: You say, "what makes you think the rest of us want chemicals?" Well, I have this to say to you. Hope you get West Nile Virus and not us". How terribly insensitive about others can you be? I understand not wanting your property sprayed, but don't think for a minute that you speak for anyone else.
Liz Rosenbaum September 17, 2012 at 08:18 PM
A single bat will eat up to 1,200 mosquitoes and other insects AN HOUR at dawn and dusk. While spraying chemicals may be a necessary evil right now, building bat boxes to encourage their habitation would surely help in the long run!

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