Health Department to spray for West Nile

By Rich Bockmann

The city Health Department plans to spray pesticides in several areas of southeast Queens Tuesday night through Wednesday morning in order to reduce mosquito populations and the risk of West Nile virus.

The department said, weather permitting, trucks will begin spraying areas of St. Albans, Springfield Gardens, South Jamaica, Far Rockaway and Arverne between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Should the weather take an unfortunate turn, the DOH said, the pesticide application will be delayed until Wednesday night during the same time frame.

The department said the neighborhoods were being treated due to “rising West Nile virus activity with high and/or increasing mosquito populations.”

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at rbockmann@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4574.

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