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Falls Bites Back Against Mosquitoes

In an effort to bring extra relief to pesky mosquitoes, the Falls Township Board of Supervisors opted to again go above and beyond Bucks County’s mosquito control solutions.

The Supervisors approved an $11,610 proposal from Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management Inc. to provide a variety of mosquito control services in the 2017 season. The company has provided these services in Falls for the last five years. The cost has remained the same since 2014.

While the Bucks County Department of Health monitors for mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus, Falls Township goes a step further to treat and reduce mosquito populations.

“There are certain areas of the Township where we have mosquito problems,” Supervisor Chairman Bob Harvie said, noting that the known trouble spots to date are Alden Avenue, Martha Drive, Chatham Road and North Park.

The company takes water samples in order to conduct mosquito counts. If the number of mosquitoes goes beyond a certain threshold, Clarke will treat the area, officials said.

Services to be performed include Arbovirus monitoring of traps to collect adult mosquitoes for identification and testing for diseases; inspection of larval sites in residential, storm water, standing water and other potential mosquito breeding areas; catch basin insecticide; spraying to control adult mosquito populations in designated spray zones using Duet or synthetic pyrethroid insecticide.

 Tips to reduce mosquito populations

1. Get rid of standing water

Be sure to dump stagnant water collected on lawn toys, garbage cans, kiddy pools, etc. as this is a breeding ground for mosquitoes to lay eggs.

2. Landscape with mosquitoes in mind 

Remove low-lying brush or vegetation. Keep shrubs and trees well-trimmed and grass short. This will decrease moisture and increase wind and sun exposure, making your lawn far less attractive to mosquitoes.  

3. Use bug lights  

Yellow bug lights, LED lights and sodium lamps do not attract mosquitoes. Changing bulbs near doors, windows and porches can be helpful in preventing mosquitoes from swarming your property. 

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