After detections of the West Nile virus in Queens, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a statement on Thursday stating they will be applying low concentrations of pesticides around the borough this week to reduce further hazards.
Weather permitting, the spraying will take place Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, and Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. In the event of poor weather, it will be delayed to Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, and on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.
The risks are little to none, but those who are sensitive to sprays may experience short-term eye and throat irritation, so it’s advised to stay indoors and wash any homegrown produce during and after the hours of activity.
Further tips for residents to help limit the spread of mosquitoes are to eliminate any standing water, prevent clogged gutters, and use an approved insect repellent (DEET, picaridin, or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535) when outdoors.
For more information about the West Nile virus, call 311 or visit nyc.gov.