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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 090-06
Tuesday, September 19, 2006

CONTACT: (212) 788-5290; (212) 788-3058 (After Hours)
Andrew Tucker (atucker@health.nyc.gov)
Josh Bell (jbell@health.nyc.gov)


LARVICIDE APPLICATION BY HELICOPTER SCHEDULED FOR MARSH AND NON-RESIDENTIAL AREAS OF STATEN ISLAND, QUEENS, AND THE BRONX

Application to take place Thursday, September 21 – Friday, September 22 and Monday, September 25 between the hours of 6:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M., weather permitting

NEW YORK CITY – September 19, 2006 – The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) will apply larvicide for mosquito control by helicopter to selected marsh and other non-residential areas of Staten Island, Queens and the Bronx. Weather permitting; larvicide will be applied on Thursday, September 21, through Friday, September 22, and Monday, September 25 between the hours of 6:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. each day. If weather does not permit, larviciding will begin the morning of Friday, September 22, or the next possible weekday. While three days are allotted for this activity, the application may be completed in less time.

The areas to be treated appear below. Due to their size and difficulty to reach by ground vehicles, these areas will be treated with larvicide from a low-flying helicopter.

Borough Neighborhood Marsh/Wetland Areas To Be Treated Boundaries Zip Code
Staten Island Arlington Chelsea East Marsh areas bound by Richmond Terrace to the north; Holland Avenue to the east; Western Avenue to the west; and the former North Shore Railroad to the south. 10314
Staten Island Chelsea Chelsea/Con Ed West North of Victory Blvd.; South of South Avenue; West of Travis to Arthur Kill Bay. 10314
Staten Island Old Place Goethals North Marsh areas bound by the former North Shore Railroad to the north; South Avenue to the east; the Arthur Kill to the west; and Goethals Road North to the south. 10303
Staten Island Chelsea/Bloomfield Corporate Park Bounded by Edward Curry Avenue to the north; South Avenue to the east and south; and Chelsea Road and Bloomfield Road to the west 10314
Staten Island Bloomfield Corporate Park North Marsh areas bound by Goethals Road North to the north; Graham Avenue to the east; Teleport Drive and Edward Curry Avenue to the south; and Gulf Avenue to the west 10314
Staten Island Fresh Kills Park Fresh Kills Marsh Areas bounded by 440 to the West, Richmond Avenue to the East, Arthur Kill Road to the South and Park Drive/Main Creek to the North 10314, 10308
Staten Island Fresh Kills La Tourette Park East of Richmond; North of Arthur Kill; South of Richmond Creek. 10314, 10308
Staten Island Port Mobile Port Mobile North and West of Arthur Kill Road to Arthur Kill Bay 10309
Staten Island Chelsea/Bloomfield Saw Mill Marsh South of River Road to Edward Curry Avenue; West of Chelsea Road to Arthur Kill Bay. 10314
Staten Island Chelsea/Bloomfield Saw Mill Marsh North South of Edward Curry Avenue; North of South Avenue; West of Chelsea Road to Arthur Kill Bay. 10314
Queens Douglaston/Oakland Gardens Alley Pond Park Marsh areas inside Alley Pond Park 11361, 11363
Queens Linden Hill/College Point Industrial Park Abandoned Flushing Airport Marsh areas bounded by 20th Avenue to the north, 130th Ave/Ulmer Street to the west, Ulmer steeet/28th Street to the south & Whitestone Expwy to the East 10354, 10356
Queens Edgemere, Somerville Dubos Point/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 Ave/Almeda Avenue to the South 11691, 11692
Bronx Pelham Bay Park North Pelham Bay Marsh areas bounded by the Hutchinson River to the West & South, New England Thruway to the North and Amtrak railroad to the East 10475

VectoBac CG – a natural bacterial agent ? will be used use for this aerial application. VectoBac 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.

DOHMH Recommendations to Reduce Exposure to Mosquitoes

  • Repair or replace all screens that have tears and holes.
  • Eliminate any standing water that collects on your property:
  • Dispose of containers that can collect standing water.
  • Make sure roof gutters drain properly and rooftops are free of standing water.
  • 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.
  • Vases are prohibited in cemeteries during West Nile virus season.
  • Use mosquito repellent when outdoors in areas where mosquitoes are active. Use repellents containing the active ingredients deet, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus that are approved by the U.S. EPA and New York State for protection against biting mosquitoes. Products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children younger than three. Always read the repellents label and follow instructions for use.

To report dead birds or standing water, or for more information about West Nile virus, call 311 or visit http://www.nyc.gov/health/wnv.

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