Department of Health to spray mosquitoes in parts of Queens – QNS.com

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Following the detection of West Nile virus in Queens, the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a statement Thursday saying it will apply low levels of pesticides in the borough this week to reduce additional risks.

Weather permitting, spraying will take place on Monday, August 29, 2022 and Wednesday, August 31, 2022, between 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. In case of bad weather, it will be postponed to Tuesday, August 30, 2022 and Thursday, September 1, 2022.

Photo courtesy of the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

The risks are minimal to none, but those sensitive to sprays may experience short-term eye and throat irritation. It is therefore advisable to stay indoors and wash all produce grown on site during and after business hours.

Photo courtesy of the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Other tips for residents to help limit the spread of mosquitoes are to remove any standing water, avoid clogged gutters, and use an approved insect repellent (DEET, picaridin, or products containing the active ingredient IR3535) at all times. the outside.

For more information about West Nile virus, call 311 or visit nyc.gov.

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