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Mosquitoes found to carry West Nile in parts of York

Christopher Dornblaser
505-5436/@YDDornblaser

Mosquito samples in parts of York County have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to a release from the Penn State Extension of York County.

Two samples in Manchester Township, one sample in York City and one sample in Springettsbury Township tested positive for the virus this year.

The extension will conduct more mosquito surveillance, sampling and larval control in those locations as necessary, according to the release.

According to the extension, most mosquito species in residential areas are in containers left behind by people, such as bottle caps, tires, buckets, tarps or even swimming pools with shallow water. One bucket or tire in a backyard can produce hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes in a year, according to the release.

The extension recommends using repellents or an electric fan to fight off mosquitoes during this time of year. More information can be found here.

Residents who wish to report mosquito concerns may do so from the Pennsylvania West Nile virus website.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.