Two more areas of Queens will undergo spraying in the city’s ongoing war against virus-carrying mosquitoes.
The Health Department announced that trucks will spray pesticides will come to neighborhoods in southeastern Queens and the Rockaways. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, beginning at 8:30 p.m. and finishing at 6 a.m. the following morning. Should there be inclement weather, the spraying will be postponed to Thursday, Sept. 6.
The spray trucks will use a very low concentration of Anvil 10+10. While risks are low for people and pets, who are sensitive to spray ingredients may experience short-term eye or throat irritation, or a rash. People with respiratory conditions may also be affected.
The Queens spray zones are as follows:
- Southeast Queens: Areas of Jamaica, South Jamaica, and South Ozone Park bordered by the Van Wyck Expressway to the West; Liberty Avenue to the North; Merrick Boulevard, 115th Avenue and Guy Brewer Boulevard to the East; and Belt Parkway to the South.
- The Rockaways: Areas of Arverne, Bayswater, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, and Somerville bordered by Beach 73rd Street, Amstel Boulevard, and Jamaica Bay to the West; Jamaica Bay, Hassock Street, Beach Channel Drive, and Redfern Avenue to the North; Virginia Street, Central Avenue, Virginia Street, Elvira Avenue, Reads Lane, Jarvis Avenue and Beach 6th Street to the East; and Seagirt Boulevard, and Rockaway Beach Boulevard to the South.
The Health Department urges the public to stay inside if possible while the spraying is in progress. Anything left outside during the spraying, including outdoor toys and equipment, should be thoroughly washed with soap and water before reuse. If you’re exposed to the pesticide, be sure to wash your clothes and skin with soap and water.
To keep yourself safe from mosquitoes, the Health Department recommends using a repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under three), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535. Drain any standing water and dispose of containers that can collect water. Keep swimming pools, saunas and hot tubs clean and covered when not in use, and drain the covers when water is collected.
Visit the Health Department’s website or call 311 for further information about the war on mosquitoes in Queens.