The city’s Health Department will spray pesticide around parts of Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Howard Beach this Tuesday, Sept. 16, weather permitting. The spray area also includes sections of Cypress Hills and East New York in Brooklyn.
As announced, the sprayiing will take place from 8 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. the following morning in an area bordered on the north by Jamaica Avenue; on the south by Jamaica Bay; on the east by the LIRR Rockaway Beach Line, Rockaway Boulevard and Woodhaven Boulevard; and on the west by Shepherd Avenue, the Fulton Street J train and Fountain Avenue.
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.
For more information, call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/health.