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Mosquito spraying season is underway in Queens.

The city’s ongoing war on virus-carrying mosquitoes is continuing this week in south Queens.

The Health Department will conduct its latest round mosquito-spraying in south Queens neighborhoods this Thursday night, July 26. Trucks will spray pesticide across parts of Brookville, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Saint Albans, and Springfield Gardens.

The spraying will begin at 9 p.m. and will continue until 6 a.m. the following morning. If there is inclement weather, the operation will be rescheduled for Monday, July 30.

The spraying will focus on the following  borders:

  • Bordered by Farmers Boulevard, Belt Parkway, 225th Street, Merrick Boulevard and Farmers Boulevard to the West
  • 119th Avenue to the North
  • Cross Island Parkway, Hook Creek Boulevard, and Hook Creek to the East
  • Rockaway Boulevard to the South

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According to the Health Department, the spray will contain very low concentrations of Anvil® 10+10, which has low risks for people and pets. Some people who are sensitive to spray ingredients may experience short-term eye or throat irritation, or a rash. People with respiratory conditions may also be affected.

To stay safe during the spraying, the Health Department urges you to stay inside whenever possible for the duration of the spraying. Air conditioners can stay on while spraying is in progress.

To reduce exposure to mosquitoes, the Health Department suggests that you eliminate any standing water on your property. If you have a swimming pool, outdoor sauna and hot tub, keep it clean, chlorinated and covered when not in use. Make sure your roof gutters are clean and draining properly, and replace or repair window screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

To keep yourself from being bitten, the Health Department says you should use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (don’t use for children under 3) or other products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.

For more information about West Nile virus, call 311 or visit nyc.gov.

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