These Queens neighborhoods will be sprayed with pesticides on Thursday

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A large swath of Queens will be sprayed will pesticides to reduce mosquito activity and lower the risk of West Nile virus on Thursday, Sept. 17.

The New York City Department of Health will spray neighborhoods include Briarwood, Forest Hills, Glendale, Jamaica Hills, Kew Gardens, Maspeth, Middle Village and Rego Park. The pesticide treatment will take place in the evening, beginning at 8:30 p.m., until 6 a.m., the following morning.

While the health risks associated with the pesticide spraying are low, the health department recommends residents stay indoors while depart vehicles conduct the spraying. Following the application of the pesticides, residents are advised to wash skin and clothing that may have been exposed to the chemicals.

Those who are sensitive to the pesticides may experience short-term eye or throat irritation, according to the health department.

See a map of the area being sprayed below.

Photo courtesy of the New York City Department of Health and Hygiene

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