Staten Island will receive a second aerial mosquito larvicide starting next week

STATEN ISLAND, NY – The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will conduct the second aerial mosquito larviciding campaign of the season beginning next week on Staten Island, the department announced Tuesday. .

No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported this year, but city officials are constantly monitoring for signs of the virus while trying to limit the mosquito population in all five boroughs.

The second round of treatments will be for non-residential areas around marshes and wetlands in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island from Monday, July 18 through Wednesday, July 20, between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., weather permitting. . using a low-flying helicopter.

Alternate dates for spraying are Thursday July 21 to Friday July 22 and Monday July 25, 2022, at the same hours, according to the Ministry of Health.

On Staten Island, spraying will be in marshy areas near Blue Heron Park, Wolfe’s Pond Park, New Springville, Old Town, South Beach, Charleston, Bloomfield, Travis and Mariners Harbor.

The Department of Health will use larvicides containing naturally occurring bacteria and have been approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

City health officials say the most effective way to control mosquitoes is to remove any standing water, and they recommend New Yorkers take other mosquito control precautions.

When the Department of Health announced its first round of aerial larvicides in early June, Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan advised New Yorkers to take the usual precautions to avoid mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. , such as West Nile virus.

“As we continue the summer, we are protecting New Yorkers from mosquito-borne diseases through surveillance, targeted application of insecticide where mosquito larvae are breeding and, if necessary, spraying. of insecticide to kill infected adult mosquitoes,” Vasan said.

“New Yorkers should protect themselves by wearing insect repellent when outdoors, especially in swampy areas, and be sure to get rid of standing water or report standing water conditions to the 311.”

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