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Mosquito spraying in Baltimore County postponed

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Spraying to control mosquitoes in Baltimore County's Pikesville neighborhoods has been postponed until next week, health officials said.

The state Department of Agriculture will spray Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 in parts of Pikesville. Spraying in Catonsville will be Sept. 19 and 26.  Spraying will begin after 7:30 p.m. each evening.(More information and maps can be found at the county health department website.)

Agriculture officials recommend residents and their pets stay inside as not to come in direct contact with the spray, Biomist 30-30. The active ingredient is permethrin, which is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for use as an insecticide, but can cause irritation and other problems in humans. Cats are particularly susceptible.

For more information on go to the visit the MDA website. or the National Pesticide Information Center Technical Sheet.

The officials are working to control West Nile Virus and other diseases carried by mosquitoes. Most of the time, West Nile causes no symptoms or mild flu-like symptoms but can be fatal. So far this season, there have been 25 infections and two deaths, according to state health officials.

 

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