Health Department to spray mosquitoes in Queens and Staten Island next week

It’s that time of year again – in a bid to reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Department of Health will spray to kill the bloodsucking insect in Queens and Staten Island.

The adulticide treatment will take place in the Queens and Staten Island areas on Tuesday, July 26, between 8:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, the application will be postponed to Wednesday July 27.

The Department of Health will use low concentrations of Anvil® 10+10, Duet®, or MERUS® 3. Although the risk of pesticides applied by the Department of Health for mosquito control is low to people and animals home, some people sensitive to the spray ingredients may experience short-term eye or throat irritation, or a rash. People with respiratory problems may also be affected. While spraying, it is recommended to stay indoors – air conditioners may be left on while spraying. After spraying, wash all pesticide-exposed skin and clothing with soap and water, and wash fruits and vegetables with water.

The Department of Health will be spraying in Queens in the following parts of Bayside, Bay Terrace, Beechhurst and Whitestone:

  • Bordered by Cross Island Park to the north
  • Cross Island Parkway to the east
  • 39 Ave South
  • Francis Lewis Boulevard, 23 Avenue, 154 Street and Clintonville Street to the west

On Staten Island, the health department will spray these parts of Arrochar, Dongan Hills, Grant City, Midland Beach, New Dorp, New Dorp Beach, Old Town, and South Beach:

  • Bordered by Old Town Road and Hylan Boulevard to the north
  • Sands Lane and the Atlantic Ocean to the east
  • Ebbitts Street, Hylan Boulevard and Cannon Boulevard to the south
  • Staten Island Railroad, Jefferson Avenue and Richmond Road to the west

The Department of Health reminds New Yorkers that the best way to control mosquitoes is to remove any standing water and encourages city residents to protect their homes from mosquitoes and take precautions when spending time outside. Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under three), or products containing the active ingredient IR3535.

Eliminate any standing water from your home and make sure your gutters are clean and well-drained. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs and keep them empty or covered when not in use. Empty the water that accumulates in the pool covers. Make sure the windows in your home have screens and replace damaged or torn screens.

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

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