Mosquito en Allegheny County Gets Grant To Fight West Nile Virus <p>The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded about $2.1 million in grants to 26 counties to combat West Nile Virus.</p><p>Allegheny County received $168,114 to study and control the virus-carrying mosquito populations. Philadelphia County got the most at $231,298.</p><p>DEP spokeswoman Amanda Witman said West Nile Virus studies are best handled at the local level.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 27717 at Even Peskier-Than-Normal Asian Tiger Mosquito Found in Pittsburgh Neighborhood <p>As if regular old mosquitoes weren’t bad enough, the Allegheny County Health Department is reporting that the Asian tiger mosquito has been found throughout Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood.</p><p>More common mosquitoes generally bother birds, and people as well, but they're usually most active at dawn and dusk. That’s not the case with this insect.</p><p>“The Asian tiger mosquito loves people,” said Health Department entomologist Bill Todaro. “It bites in the morning, it bites in the afternoon and it bites in the evening.”</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 21:36:07 +0000 Deanna Garcia 14019 at Even Peskier-Than-Normal Asian Tiger Mosquito Found in Pittsburgh Neighborhood Allegheny Co. Health Department to Add Pesticide to Water Basins to Combat Mosquitoes <p>The Allegheny County Health Department will start treating storm water catch basins in Pittsburgh Monday with pesticide to combat mosquito breeding.</p><p>The pesticide, which is nontoxic to humans, pets and aquatic life, does not kill mosquitoes directly, but stops their maturation process. The mosquito eggs become stuck in a larvae stage and are eaten by other organisms.</p><p>Dr. Ronald Voorhees, acting director of the health department, said treating the water catch basins makes a serious impact on the mosquito population.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 10850 at West Nile Virus Found in 2 Pennsylvania Counties <p>The infected blood suckers are back.</p><p>The first two West Nile virus-carrying mosquitos of the season were detected last week in Erie and Adams counties, signaling the start of what could be a long summer.</p><p>The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are advising people to take steps toward mosquito prevention.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 10573 at