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Pennsylvania starts year's spraying to suppress black flies

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 24, 2017 5:57 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Millions of little pests are about to encounter a big problem.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says aerial spraying for black flies has begun in a program that targets more than 1,600 miles of waterway in 37 counties, including 13 in the midstate.

Spraying began last week for the flies, also known as gnats, along the Juniata and Susquehanna rivers and their tributaries.

Officials say weather and other factors will determine where and when spraying will occur.

They're suggesting anyone concerned about sprayers with backpacks or helicopters check to see if the black fly suppression program is active in their area.

Here are the list of waterways to be sprayed in central Pennsylvania:

Adams
• Conewago Creek

Berks
• Manatawny Creek
• Schuylkill River
• Tulpehocken Creek

Columbia
• Fishing Creek
• North Branch Susquehanna River
 
Cumberland
• Conodoguinet Creek
• Susquehanna River
• Yellow Breeches Creek
 
Dauphin
• Juniata River
• Mahantango Creek
• Susquehanna River
• Swatara Creek

Juniata
• Juniata River
• Susquehanna River
• Tuscarora Creek

Mifflin
• Juniata River

Northumberland
• North Branch Susquehanna River
• West Branch Susquehanna River
• Main Stem Susquehanna River
• Mahantango Creek
 
Perry
• Juniata River
• Sherman Creek
• Susquehanna River
 
Schuylkill
• Schuylkill River
 
Snyder
• Middle Creek
• Penns Creek
• Susquehanna River
 
Union
• Penns Creek
• West Branch Susquehanna River

York
• Conewago Creek
• Susquehanna River
• Yellow Breeches Creek



 



 

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