Summer’s drawing to a close, but the city’s efforts to eradicate mosquitoes in northeast Queens rages on.
The region will receive its second round of pesticide spraying this season on Wednesday night, Sept. 19. The spraying operation will commence at 8:30 p.m. and continue until 6 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting. (In the event of inclement weather, spraying will take place during the same hours on Thursday, Sept. 20).
The spray zone covers parts of Bayside, Bay Terrace, Beechhurst, Douglaston, Glen Oaks, Little Neck, Oakland Gardens and Whitestone.
It’s the 12th time this summer that the city’s Health Department will conduct pesticide spraying in an effort to kill mosquitoes that may carry the West Nile virus. Northeast Queens neighborhoods were last sprayed back in August.
Trucks will travel through the spray zone dispensing a low concentration of Anvil 10+10; while there are no serious health risks to humans and pets, exposure to the pesticide could cause mild, temporary throat and skin irritation.
Residents in the spray zone should remain indoors, with the windows closed, during the spraying operation. Air conditioners may be used, but the vents should be kept closed; if available, you could also use the recirculate function.
The spray zone is generally bounded on the north by the East River, Clearview Expressway, Cross Island Parkway and Long Island Rail Road on the north; Hillside Avenue, Cross Island Parkway, Union Turnpike, Bell Boulevard, Northern Boulevard, Corporal Kennedy Street and 26th Avenue on the south; Little Neck Parkway, Long Island Expressway, the Queens/Nassau border and Langdale Street to the east; and Francis Lewis Boulevard, Cross Island Parkway and 154th Street to the west.
For more information, call 311 or visit nyc.gov/health/wnv.
Do your part to protect yourselves against mosquitoes. Remember to drain any standing water on your property and, when outside, to use an approved insect repellant containing DEET, picardin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (except for children 3 years of age and under) or the active ingredient IR3535. Keep all swimming pools chlorinated, or covered when not in use.