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DER LAUNCHES ANNUAL ASSAULT ON BLACKFLIES

 DER LAUNCHES ANNUAL ASSAULT ON BLACKFLIES
 HARRISBURG, Pa., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of


Environmental Resources (DER) will begin spraying this week for blackflies, commonly known as gnats, along 1,000 miles of Pennsylvania streams and rivers in 22 counties.
 "Our annual spraying program eliminates up to 90 percent of blackflies, insects that can ruin backyard barbecues or trips to the ballpark during the summer," DER Deputy Secretary Caren Glotfelty said.
 The spraying will begin Tuesday along the Juniata River. As water levels drop, the Susquehanna River and other streams will be treated. The program will continue through Labor Day weekend, with aerial spraying every 10 to 14 days, weather permitting.
 The $3.4 million spraying program will occur in the following counties: Beaver, Bradford, Clarion, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fayette, Forest, Juniata, Lancaster, Lawrence, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union, Venango, Warren and Wyoming.
 DER has hired AgRotors Inc. of Gettysburg and Helicopter Applicators of Frederick, Md., to treat waterways with the selective non-chemical insecticide bacillus thuringiensis israelensis.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Rickens of the DER, 717-787-1323/ CO: Department of Environmental Resources ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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