Several neighborhoods Queens to be sprayed with pesticides to prevent West Nile Virus

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The New York City Department of Health will spray pesticides and adulticides to kill mosquitos and lower the risk of West Nile Virus transmission in several parts of Queens on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

The neighborhoods getting the spraying of mosquito killing chemicals include Forest Hills, Forest Hills Gardens, Forest Park, Glendale, Kew Gardens, Maspeth, Middle Village, Rego Park, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven. The sprayings will take place between 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning.

In the case of bad weather, the sprayings will be pushed back until Wednesday, Aug. 19.

The pesticides, which will be sprayed from a truck, pose little risk to people and pets but the health department does advise residents of the affected neighborhoods take precaution.

During the spraying, residents should stay inside whenever possible. According to the health department, it’s safe to continue to run air conditioners.

After the spraying, residents are advised to wash any skin or clothing that was exposed to the pesticides with soap and water. Fruits and vegetables should also be washed with water.

View a map of the area being sprayed by pesticides is below.

New York City Department of Health



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