Residents are advised that black fly (gnat) and mosquito spraying programs are conducted by the County and the Commonwealth with funding coming from those two entities. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection reports having sprayed for gnats along the Susquehanna River and Conodoguinet Creek and reports that additional spraying will occur as weather and funding permits. Additional details on those efforts can be found at: https://www.ccpa.net/1059/Black-Fly-Gnat-Program
Cumberland County Vector Control continues to monitor mosquito populations and spraying in areas of the County, as needed. Additional details about this service can be found at https://www.ccpa.net/1103/Vector-Control
Individuals can take a number of precautionary measures around their homes to help eliminate mosquito-breeding areas, including:
• Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar containers that hold water. Properly dispose of discarded tires that can collect water. Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed.
• Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers.
• Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year as the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to clog drains.
• Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
• Turn over wheelbarrows and don’t let water stagnate in birdbaths.
• Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers.