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Parts of Queens to be sprayed for mosquitoes

August 17, 2012 2:00:44 PM PDT
To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will spray pesticide from trucks in parts of Queens on Tuesday, August 21st.

It will happen between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next morning, weather permitting.

In case of bad weather, application will be delayed until Wednesday, August 22 during the same hours.

The areas to be treated parts of Arverne, Bayswater, Edgemere, Far Rockaway and Somerville bordered by Grass Hassock Channel to the North; Beach 77 Street to the West; Beach Channel Drive; and Seagirt Blvd to the South; and Nassau County to the East. It includes zip codes 11691 and 11692.

Parts of Parts of Cambria Heights, Saint Albans, Springfield Gardens, Baisley Pond Park and Roy Wilkens Park will also be treated. The area is bordered by 180 Street and Linden Blvd to the North; Van Wyck Expressway to the West; North Conduit Ave and 140 Ave to the South; and Farmers Blvd and Linden Blvd to the East. It includes zip codes 11412, 11434 and 11436.

For these sprayings, the Health Department will use a very low concentration of Anvil?, 10 + 10 a synthetic pesticide. When properly used, this product poses no significant risks to human health. The Health Department recommends that people take the following precautions to minimize direct exposure:

- Whenever possible, stay indoors during spraying. People with asthma or other respiratory conditions are encouraged to stay inside during spraying since direct exposure could worsen these conditions.

- Air conditioners may remain on, however, if you wish to reduce the possibility of indoor exposure to pesticides, set the air conditioner vent to the closed position, or choose the re-circulate function.

- Remove children's toys, outdoor equipment, and clothes from outdoor areas during spraying. If outdoor equipment and toys are exposed to pesticides, wash them with soap and water before using again.

- Wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water. Always wash your produce thoroughly with water before cooking or eating.


Reducing Exposure to Mosquitoes

- Consider limiting time outdoors between dusk and dawn in areas with significant mosquito infestations.

- Wear protective clothing when outdoors, and use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under three), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.

- Make sure windows have screens and repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.

- Eliminate any standing water from your property and dispose of containers that can collect water. Standing water is a violation of the New York City Health Code.

- Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.

- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty or covered if not in use; drain water that collects in pool covers.

- Report standing water by calling 311 or visiting nyc.gov/health/wnv.

To see the areas in New York City slated for spraying please visit: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/wnv/wnvspray.shtml

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