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Areas of eastern Queens will go through another round of pesticide spraying this week as part of the NYC Health Department’s ongoing fight against the Zika virus.

Areas of Bayside, Bellerose, Douglaston, Fresh Meadows, Glen Oaks, Hollis Hills, Holliswood, Jamaica Estates, Little Neck and Oakland Gardens will be sprayed with pesticide from trucks on Wednesday, Sept. 7, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. In the case of bad weather, the spraying will be delayed until Thursday, Sept. 8, during the same hours.

 

Low concentrations of two pesticides will be used: Duet and Anvil 10+10. Both aim to control the population of mosquitoes that may potentially carry the Zika and West Nile viruses. While Zika has not been detected in mosquitoes living in New York City, West Nile virus has been found in some samples.

The pesticide poses no health threat to humans, but as a precaution, people in the spraying areas — especially those with respiratory ailments — should remain indoors while spraying is conducted. Air conditioners may be operated but with the vents closed. Anything left outside during spraying should be thoroughly washed with soap and water before reuse.

Map courtesy of the NYC Department of Health

Map courtesy of the NYC Department of Health

The Department will also conduct aerial spraying of larvicide from a low-flying helicopter over non-residential areas within Alley Pond Park, the abandoned Flushing Airport in College Point, and marshes within Kissena Park through Thursday, Sept. 8, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. In the event a round of spraying is postponed due to inclement weather, sprayings will be conducted through Friday, Sept. 9, within the same range of hours.

Map courtesy of NYC Department of Health

Map courtesy of NYC Department of Health

“While we do not expect to find Zika in New York City’s mosquitoes, we are taking no chances. We are moving forward with a safe but aggressive plan to spray pesticide when we find significant numbers of mosquitoes that could possibly carry Zika,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “New Yorkers should continue to enjoy outdoor activities this summer while taking the usual precautions against mosquitoes, including wearing repellent and reporting standing water to 311.”

For a full schedule of areas to be sprayed, click here.

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