On Thursday, August 22 between 8:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, the Health Department is conducting another adulticide treatment to reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus.
Trucks will spray pesticides in sections of Queens, including Fresh Meadows, Hollis Hills and Holliswood.
In case of bad weather, the spraying will be pushed back to Monday, August 26 or Tuesday, August 27.
The Health Department says it will use very low concentrations of the insecticides Anvil® 10+10 and/or DeltaGard®.
The risks of these pesticides are low to people and pets. Some people who are sensitive to spray ingredients may experience short-term eye or throat irritation, or a rash.
People will respiratory conditions may also be affected, health officials say.
To stay safe during spraying, residents are being asked to stay indoors whenever possible. Air conditioners can remain on.
And while it is unnecessary, residents can close air conditioner vents or choose the recirculate function.
After spraying, health officials say residents should wash their skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water. Always wash fruits and vegetables with water as well.
To reduce exposure to mosquitos, here are some tips courtesy of the Health Department:
- Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under 3), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.
- Make sure windows have screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
- Eliminate any standing water from your 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 or covered if not in use. Drain water that collects in pool covers.