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Mosquito Spraying Mon., Aug.17 In Londonderry Twp.

 

Three areas in Londonderry Twp. are to be sprayed this Mon., Aug. 17 to control mosquitoes as part of Dauphin County’s West Nile Virus (WNV) Control Program.

The treatment of the insecticide will take place at 9 p.m. in the Cedar Manor, Pine Manor and Braeburn Park areas of the township. According to county officials, the treatments will be administered with ATV-mounted equipment that dispenses Biomist 3 + 15, a permethrin insecticide product, at a rate of 0.75 ounces per acre. usethispinecedarmanor“This is a very low concentration of a pesticide that has been tested and approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for use in controlling adult mosquito populations in and around people,” according to a press release from the county announcing the spraying.

County officials also noted that residents who do not wish to have their properties sprayed should contact the WNV Control Program coordinator at (717) 921-8100 by 4 p.m. on Aug. 17.

A rain date for the application is Wed., Aug. 19.

Samples collected by the WNV Control Program have shown a high adult mosquito population carrying the virus. A total of 20 infected mosquito samples have been collected this summer in Dauphin County. Earlier this week infected samples were found in Conewago, Derry, East Hanover and Swatara townships. Three positive samples were collected in Londonderry Twp. County officials said the increase of positive samples in the county prompted the WNV Control Program to step up surveillance and spray for mosquitoes.Usethisbraeburnrd

County officials also noted residents may place their homes on a “no-spray” list. More information about the list is available by calling the County WNV Control Program at 717-921-8100.

The press release from the county listed the following frequently asked questions about mosquito control:

1.  Should toys and other items in the yard at the time of the application be washed?

It is not necessary to wash items in your yard after the application.  Due to low application rates, any exposure from contact with these surfaces would be low and pose negligible risks.

2.  Should swimming pools be covered before the application?

No, residue in a pool would be low and also diluted by the water in the pool.

3.  Should windows be closed and air conditioners turned off?

The ULV vapor disperses readily, and little movement of the material into open windows with screens is expected.  However, individuals with upper respiratory problems, such as asthma, may react to ULV applications.  Closing windows and turning off air conditioners is recommended for those with upper respiratory problems. 

 4.  How long should residents wait before a pet is permitted outdoors?    

When the chemical is applied at the labeled rates, there are wide margins of safety for humans, dogs, cats and other mammals.  Indoor pets may be "let out" immediately following the application.  Outdoor pets may be left outdoors.

5.  How long should residents wait before allowing children to enter a yard?

The ULV vapor disperses very quickly after the application.  Individuals with respiratory problems may react to ULV application.  People with these health issues may want to wait an hour before resuming outdoor activities in treated areas. 

Additional information about the program is available on the CDC’s Web site at www.cdc.gov/westnile and by calling the County’s WNV Control Program, call the Conservation District, (717) 921-8100.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 14 August 2015 21:06

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More west nile infected mosquitos found in dauphin county

 

 

Dauphin Co. officials report West Nile Virus (WNV) infected mosquito samples have been found in the City of Harrisburg as well as Derry and East Hanover townships. 

mosquito1A press release from the county’s WNV Control program noted thus far nine virus-positive samples have been collected  this year.

WNV-infected samples have also been found in Jefferson Twp., Highspire and Middletown boroughs and Swatara Twp. The release also noted no human cases of WNV have been reported this year in the county.

The county’s WNV Control Program is increasing surveillance and control measures throughout the county.

Certain species of mosquitoes carry WNV, which, when transmitted to people, can cause West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. Symptoms of WNV include fever, headache, body aches, nausea and sometimes swollen lymph glands or skin rash. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all residents of areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of getting West Nile encephalitis.

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:06

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Father, son charged with impersonating cops

 

A Lower Swatara Twp. man and his son were charged with impersonating a police officer for allegedly entering and rummaging through a township home on June 22 while claiming to be looking for someone, according to Lower Swatara police.sonphoto7 29 15WEBDillon Arnold

Ray M. Arnold Jr., 56, and his son, Dillon J. Arnold, 22, both of the 100 block of Eby Lane, entered a home in the 100 block of Lake Dr. around 5 a.m. claiming they were cops looking for an individual they believed was there, police said.

One was brandishing a baseball bat, police said. The Arnolds caused about $1,000 worth of damage to the residence, police said.

Ray Arnold was charged with impersonating a public servant, burglary, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and making, repairing or selling offensive weapons, police said. Dillon Arnold was charged with impersonating a public servant, burglary, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, police said.

They were arraigned before District Judge Steven Semic on Thursday, July 16 and held in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing for the two is set for Wednesday, Aug. 12 before District Judge Michael Smith.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 15:59

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Computer Repair Phone Scam Reported

 

phonescam1Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today warned Commonwealth residents of a recent computer repair telephone scam.

The scam, first reported in Fayette Co., starts with a call from a person with a heavy accent who claims the recipient of the call is in need of a computer update or repair. The caller instructs the person to wire money to pay for the work, but no update or repair work is actually needed. In one reported case, a senior citizen who did not even own a computer was a target of this scam.

The caller in some cases has stated he is calling from Los Angeles, according to information reported to the Office of Attorney General. Some of these scam calls also have reportedly originated from a phone with a 509 area code — which traces to the state of Washington — but it is possible the scammers are using the practice of "caller ID spoofing."

According to the AG’s office, this allows callers to deliberately falsify the telephone number and/or name relayed on a person's caller ID. In some cases, these calls may actually originate from out of the country.

Attorney General Kane offered the following tips to help prevent consumers from becoming victims of telephone scams:

  1. Never give out personal information over the telephone.
  2. Never give out billing information over the phone, especially if you receive an unsolicited telephone call from a stranger.
  3. Never wire money or purchase green dot-type prepaid cash cards in response to a telephone appeal, whether it is from a stranger or someone who claims to know you.
  4. Never let emotion or fear overcome your common sense. If you get a call for money from a friend or relative, slow down and verify everything. Don't let anyone rush you.
  5. Never give out sensitive information to anyone on the phone unless you initiated the call to a company you are certain is legitimate.
  6. Never forget that you are in control. You can always hang up, find a company's number and call it directly.

Consumers may file a complaint regarding the computer repair scam or other phone scams by calling the Office of Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection's toll-free helpline number at 1-800-441-2555.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 20 July 2015 11:28

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Swatting Mosquitos here just got more necessary

 

Mosquitos infected with the West Nile Virus have been found in Highspire and Middletown boroughs and Swatara Township.

mosquito1Friday Dauphin County’s officials confirmed West Nile Virus (WNV) Control Program has collected several infected mosquito samples throughout the boroughs and the township. Two positive samples were also found in the City of Harrisburg, bringing the countywide total for this year to five.

In an effort to reduce the mosquito population and prevent the virus from spreading, the county’s WNV Control Program is increasing surveillance and control measures throughout the county.

Certain species of mosquitoes carry WNV, which, when transmitted to people, can cause West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. Symptoms of WNV include fever, headache, body aches, nausea and sometimes swollen lymph glands or skin rash. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all residents of areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of getting West Nile encephalitis.  

The following tips are recommended: 

  • Buy products with Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis)--a naturally-occurring bacteria that kills mosquito larvae but is safe for people, pets and plants--for stagnant pools of water in the lawn and garden.
  • Remove any standing water in pots, containers, pool covers, tires, wheelbarrows, wading pools, roof gutters and other containers that hold water.
  • Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes.
  • Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.
  • Reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during peak mosquito periods, usually April through October.
  • Use insect repellents according to the manufacturer’s instructions. An effective repellent will contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician if you have questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

More information about the County’s WNV Control Program is available by calling 717-921-8100.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 July 2015 07:09

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