2007-08-15 / Features

Mosquito Spraying By Truck, Copter Due This Week

The Health Department will spray from trucks in Queensborough Hill, Flushing, Corona and Kew Gardens Hills on the night of Wednesday, August 15 between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, spraying will be delayed until the next possible night. The area to be sprayed is bordered by Roosevelt Avenue to the north; College Point Boulevard, Booth Memorial Avenue and Main Street to the east; Union Turnpike to the south, and Grand Central Parkway to the west in ZIP Codes 11367, 11355 and 11368.

The mosquito-control procedure used, known as adulticiding, consists of spraying a liquid insecticide from trucks to kill adult mosquitoes. This procedure can take place in residential or non-residential areas.

For the spraying, the Health Department will use Anvil 10+10 (Sumithrin), a synthetic pesticide for mosquito control efforts. While there are no significant risks of adverse impact to human health associated with the proper use of this product, the Health Department recommends that people take the following precautions to avoid direct exposure to pesticides and reduce the risk of reactions:

• Whenever possible, stay indoors during spraying. Persons with asthma or other respiratory conditions especially are encouraged to stay inside during spraying, since there is a possibility that direct exposure could worsen these conditions.

• Air conditioners may remain on. To reduce the possibility of indoor exposure to pesticides, set air conditioner vents to the closed position or choose the recirculate function.

• Remove children's toys, outdoor equipment, and clothes from outdoor areas during spraying. If outdoor equipment and toys are exposed to pesticides, wash with soap and water before using again.

• Wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water. Always wash produce thoroughly with water before cooking or eating.

Reducing exposure to mosquitoes:

• Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. (Products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children younger than three.) Use these products according to manufacturers' instructions.

• Make sure windows have screens, and repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.

• Eliminate any standing water from property, and dispose of containers that can collect water. Standing water is a violation of the New York City Health Code.

• Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.

• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty and covered if not in use; drain water that collects in pool covers.

• Report dead birds or standing water by calling 311 or visiting http://www.nyc.gov/health/wnv.

The Health Department will apply larvicide by helicopter to marsh and other non-residential areas of Queens, Staten Island and The Bronx on Thursday, August 16, Friday, August 17 and Monday, August 20 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. In case of bad weather, application will occur on the next possible day. While three days are allotted for this activity, the application may be completed in less time.

The areas to be treated are marshy, natural areas, which are common breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Due to their size and difficulty to reach by ground vehicles, these areas will be treated with larvicide from a low-flying helicopter.

Marsh/Wetland Areas To Be Treated:

• Douglaston/Oakland Gardens

Marsh areas inside Alley Pond Park in ZIP Codes 11361, 11363, 11362 and 11364

• Linden Hill/ College Point

At the abandoned Flushing Airport, marsh areas bounded by 20th Avenue to the north; 130th Ave and Ulmer Street to the west; Ulmer Street and 28th Street to the south, and the Whitestone Expressway to the east.

• Edgemere/ Somerville

In Dubos Point and Edgemere Park, marsh areas bounded by Norton Basin to the east: Mott Point to the north; Grass Hassock Channel to the west, and Beach 65th Street, Decosta Avenue and Almeda Avenue to the south in ZIP Codes 11691 and 11692.

• Flushing

Near the Flushing River in marsh areas bounded by the Van Wyck Expressway to the north; Willets Point Boulevard, Roosevelt Avenue and the pedestrian ramp to the west; College Point Boulevard to the east, and Meridian Road to the south.

VectoBac CG and/or VectoLex CG, both containing naturally occurring bacteria, will be used for this application. These larvicides will also be used throughout the mosquito season to treat mosquito-breeding sites. Additional surveillance activity is currently being conducted to determine whether further application of larvicide in these areas will be necessary.

Aerial larviciding involves dropping natural bacterial granules by helicopter to marshes and other large natural areas to kill mosquito larvae before they grow into adult mosquitoes. The procedure does not take place in residential areas of New York City. During West Nile Virus season, New Yorkers can report dead birds or standing water online at http://www.nyc.gov/health/wnv.

For more information about West Nile virus, call 311 or visit http://www.nyc.gov/health/wnv.

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