Health Department to spray Queens with pesticides next week to reduce risk of West Nile virus

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To reduce the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will conduct adulticide treatments in Queens next week. 

Trucks will spray Queens on Tuesday, Sept. 13, between 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. Application will be delayed until Wednesday, Sept. 14, if there is bad weather. 

The risks of the spray— which are low concentrates of Anvil® 10+10, Duet®— are minimal to people and pets. People with respiratory conditions may be affected. 

In order to stay safe from spraying, the Health Department encourages people to stay indoors whenever possible. After spraying, people should wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticide with soap and water. 

(Photo courtesy of New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.)

Glendale, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Little Guyana, Old Howard Beach, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Wakefield and Woodhaven will be treated. 

People can reduce exposure to mosquitoes by ensuring windows have screens, eliminating standing water near your property and using repellants. 

To report any standing water by calling 311 or visiting nyc.gov/health/wnv. For more information about West Nile virus, call 311 or visit nyc.gov.