DEP update on Zika surveillance and response - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has released results of surveillance for Aedes mosquitoes, which have been found to be vectors of the Zika virus. At this time, there have not been any causes of Zika transmitted locally in Pennsylvania, nor have mosquitoes tested positive for the virus. To read the Zika Response Plan click here
New Mosquito collections throughout York County test positive for West Nile Virus - Positive samples were collected in the Dillsburg Borough. All residents, businesses, developers, farmers and municipalities need to be responsible and clean up to help eliminate mosquitoes. Please inspect your property for sources of stagnant water that can collect in tarps, tires, buckets, construction debris, trash, pools, plastic toys, gutters, watering troughs and birdbaths. Eliminating these sources of stagnant water is the best method to reduce mosquito populations that can transmit West Nile Virus. Additional sources fro breeding mosquitoes can be rain barrels and ornamental ponds. Rain barrels need to be completely screened. Ornamental ponds and fountains need to be stocked with fish or treated with a bacterial larvicide available at most hardware stores. For more information about reducing mosquitoes in York COunty, call the Penn State Cooperative Extension-York County West nIle Virus Program office at 717-840-2375. For more information about West Nile Virus symptoms in humans, contact the Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH, or visit the PA State West Nile web site at www.westnile.state.pa.us
Commuter Services Offers Solutions for High Gas Prices
Check out www.PaCommuterServices.com or call toll-free 1-866-579-RIDE for information on commuting options including transit, carpools, vanpools, telecommuting, special work shifts, biking or walking.
On-line there is a calculator to show how much your commute costs now and a confidential, ridematching database with thousands of local commuters seeking people to share rides to work. Commuter Services also reimburses commuters using options for rides home in case of family emergencies.
Services are free because they are underwritten with federal Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality funds. The program is open to employers and the more than 800,000 commuters in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties.
The York County Conservation District is committed to improving and protecting our environment and wise use of our County's diverse natural resources. The Conservation District is dedicating 100% of all rain barrel profits to the HELP-Stream Program. Rainwater Conservation Barrels are constructed of high density polyethylene (HDPE) the 60 ($125) and 80 ($145) gallon rain barrels work under any size downspouts. A perforated entry screen cover allows quick rain entry and prevents insects from entering the barrel. A solid brass spigot attached easily to your garden or soaker hoses. Order by check or credit card. For order blank click here.
-The Asian Tiger Mosquito, a black mosquito with striking white markings on the body and legs. It is a very aggressive, daytime biter and human blood is preferred but will feed on other mammals and birds. It likes to hangout anywhere cool and shady. Ivy, azaleas, bushes and other shrubs are its favorite resting places. For more information click on this link.
-The Emerald Ash Borer, a beetle native to Asia, is responsible for the loss of more that 7 million ash trees since first being detected in Michigan in 2002. It is known to infest all species of ash which can be recognized by the presence of compound leaves which are arranged opposite of one another on the branches. The Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture warns everyone to: Use local firewood; do not bring firewood from home to another area; if you have already transported firewood, do not take it home, do not leave it - BURN IT. For more information go to www.dcnr.state.pa.us and search on Emerald Ash Borer.
- Phone books can be placed in with your recycling items
-It is it unlawful to burn within the Borough. The Information Guide was compiled on October 25, 2005 and the Burning Ban went into effect on May 1, 2006.
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) encourages all Pennsylvanians to be prepared in the event of a hurricane this season. "Since flooding has prompted a presidential disaster declaration in Pennsylvania in each of the past four years, it is essential to recognize the risk that floods pose to residents living in flood-prone areas, and to prepare yourself for the devastation flooding and other severe weather can bring," PEMA Director James R. Joseph said. To learn more, go to their web site at www.pema.state.pa.us/pema
There you will find useful information for planning for disasters, etc.