The Baltimore County Department of Health has announced a second program to spray areas of Catonsville and Pikesville for mosquitos in an effort to halt the spread of West Nile Virus.
Weather permitting, neighborhoods in Catonsville will be sprayed with permethrin on Wednesday, Sept. 26, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The area in Catonsville that will be sprayed stretches roughly from Crosby Road to the north to Frederick Road to the south, and from Westchester Road on the west to the Beltway.
Spraying had been scheduled for Oct. 1 in Pikesville, which was postponed until after Oct. 8 in observance of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. The spraying in Pikesville may not be necessary if cold temperatures kill off mosquitos first, according to officials.
Officials recommend that residents in the affected area to stay indoors during spraying to minimize direct contact with the insecticide.
Health department spokeswoman Monique Lyle said that the areas that will be sprayed for mosquitos are places where human infection with West Nile Virus has been reported.
According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 30 cases of human West Nile Virus have been reported in Maryland so far this year, resulting in at least two deaths.