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Bradford County Aerial Bug Spraying Raises Concerns

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BRADFORD COUNTY, P.A. (WENY) -- Safety officials in Pennsylvania say they'll be spraying Bradford County for bugs. Now residents are voicing their concerns about the process and what sort of chemicals may be used.

According to the initial Facebook post, officials will be spraying the areas around the Susquehanna River in hopes of controlling black fly populations.
    
The substance used is called Bti. 

According to the Department of Environmental Protection, this does not affect humans. Officials there say the Bti chemical can be found in some household pesticides.
    
Their website goes on to say any health effects in humans are extremely rare. 

We did look even further into what makes up this spray and found some concerning warnings.
    
According to the manufacturer, a majority of the spray is considered a "trade secret," meaning those ingredients were not disclosed. .1% of the substance is made up of Proxel GXL, which is a skin sensitizer.
    
A precautionary statement also reads "avoid breathing mist or spray." It goes on to advise anyone who may come in contact with the substance to "wash thoroughly and remove any contaminated clothing. It also advises flushing the area with copious amounts of water."

We did reach out to the Bradford County Health Department to find out if there are any health risks associated with this process.
    
We were referred to Harrisburg, who has not yet returned our calls.
    
We will continue to look into this story

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