Mosquito Spraying Scheduled In Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project will be spraying the areas around Brattlebrook Park and Marchesio Park on Monday night to reduce a high count of mosquitoes.
 
The truck-mounted spraying will target the streets immediately surrounding those two parks at 11 p.m. until midnight Monday, July 15. In the event of rain, the spraying may be rescheduled to Tuesday, July 16.
 
The goal of the spraying is to reduce the spread of mosquito-borne viruses such as West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis. While there hasn't been a finding of a disease, the Health Department said there has been high counts of C. Perturban mosquitoes, which are a common vector.
 
The number of mosquitoes has exceeded the threshold set by the Board of Health to spray in an effort to prevent migration into other neighborhoods and reducing the population before the virus is introduced to the area.
 
The Health Department provided the following tips to protect against mosquito-borne illnesses:
 
-When outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and socks.
-Use a repellent with DEET according to the instructions on the product label.
-Keep mosquitoes out of one's residence by repairing holes in screens and making sure screens fit tightly to doors and windows.
-Schedule outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
-Remove areas of standing water around one's property twice a week to eliminate sources of mosquito breeding.
 
Residents may request to be excluded from pesticide application by submitting an Exclusion Request Form which can be obtained here.
 
Exclusions will take effect 14 days after the request is made.  The form is also available by contacting the Mosquito Control Project at 413-447-9808 or email chris@berkshiremosquito.org.
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Pittsfield at-Large City Councilor Candidates Answer Questions

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Candidate for the four a-large City Council seats participated in a forum Monday at Berkshire Community College as they made a push for votes before election day.
 
Seven candidates fielded questions at a forum hosted by BCC, in partnership with the Pittsfield Gazette and Pittsfield Community Television, which recorded the forum. The moderator was Shawn Serre, executive director of PCTV.
 
After some opening statements, the candidates were asked to pick a number that prompted a question. After three candidates answered the question the next candidate in line chose a new number. At the end of the session, candidates were given two minutes to answer questions they did not get or to expand on the answers they gave.
 
One of the first questions brought forward was about Mayor Linda Tyer's proposed home improvement plan that would have allowed qualified residents to apply for money from the Pittsfield Economic Development Fund to make small improvements to their homes.
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