Spray is coming to Brooklyn, Staten Island next weekend, Island Today – NBC New York
Beware of mosquitoes: in New York, your days are numbered.
The city’s health department plans to spray additional sections of Staten Island and hit Brooklyn next week with adulticide, a pesticide used to kill adult mosquitoes. Parts of Staten Island and Queens were sprayed last Tuesday.
The next spraying on Staten Island will begin around 8:30 p.m. Monday and continue until about 6 a.m. Tuesday, while efforts in Brooklyn will begin next Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. and continue through Thursday. Here are the neighborhoods on the city’s latest list:
- Staten Island: parts of Castleton Corners, Elm Park, Graniteville, Meiers Corners, Mid Island, Port Richmond, Randall Manor, Silver Lake, Sunnyside, Tompkinsville, Westerleigh, West New Brighton and Willowbrook
- Brooklyn: parts of Bergen Beach, Brownsville, Canarsie, East Flatbush, East New York, Flatlands, Homecrest, Madison, Marine Park, Midwood, Mill Basin, New Lots, Remsen Village, Sheepshead Bay, Spring Creek and Starrett City
Bad weather would delay the start of spraying to Tuesday and Thursday nights, respectively. Check out the maps below for details on the postcodes that will be released in the next round.
Mosquito spraying is essential this time of year because a resurgence of insects and bedbugs could fuel the summer spread of mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus. The city uses trucks to spray residential areas and uses pesticides that pose a low risk to humans and pets.
However, sensitive groups, such as people with respiratory problems, may be affected. Vulnerable people should stay indoors during times when crews are spraying when possible and close air conditioner vents if they can. They should also wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides. This goes for fruits and vegetables which can also be exposed.
The most effective way to control mosquitoes, according to New York City, is to remove any standing water. Here are some other ways to reduce your exposure:
- Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil (not for children under 3), or products containing the active ingredient IR3535
- Make sure windows have screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes
- Remove any standing water from your property and discard containers that can collect water. Failure to do so violates NYC health regulations
- Make sure gutters are clean and well-drained
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty or covered when not in use. Evacuate water that accumulates in pool covers