DEP to begin mosquito spraying in Crawford County

Posted on October 5, 2013 – 12:55 pm


MEADVILLE — The Department of Environmental Protection will apply treatments on Thursday, July 18, in Cochranton and Cambridge Springs boroughs, Cambridge and Vernon townships, and Meadville City, Crawford County to control adult mosquito populations. Weather conditions and other unexpected events could delay or cancel this spray operation.

The treatments will be administered by truck and ATV-mounted equipment to spray open spaces in residential and recreational areas. The equipment dispenses Biomist 3+15 at a rate of 0.75 ounces per acre.

High levels of nuisance mosquitoes have been detected in the affected area. This type of mosquito does not typically carry West Nile virus.

Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which can cause humans to contract West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all residents in areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of contracting West Nile encephalitis.

Mosquito samples in four counties have been identified with the West Nile virus so far this year.

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, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug 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.

If a resident has stagnant pools of water on their property, they can buy BTI products at lawn and garden, outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. This naturally occurring bacterium kills mosquito larva but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.

Additionally, these simple precautions can prevent mosquito bites, particularly for people who are most at risk:

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.


Mike Holt's vid, GFCI, PPL P-trap

2013-04-07 02:20:21 by OffTheTopOfMyHead

So in the video where Mike Holt is explaining stray voltage on the neutral and continuing along down onto everything it's bonded to, they show a hair blow-dryer in a sink (1:09:00 for a couple minutes) that has a fully functioning GFCI as part of it's plug, and the blow-dryer is fully in the sink water with the fan blowing bubbles, running quite normally.
The GFCI didn't trip, and in this case there it wouldn't. Because the sink is fiberglass, and the faucet is not running so there is no electrical connection back up the water path, and although the drain stopper is shiny and even likely fully conductive, the drain pipe would be plastic - polypropylene (PPL), (or maybe ABS)

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