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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 049-07
Friday, June 15, 2007

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MEDIA: (212) 788-5290
Andrew Tucker (atucker@health.nyc.gov)
Sara Markt (smarkt@health.nyc.gov)


HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO TREAT MARSH AND OTHER NON-RESIDENTIAL AREAS OF STATEN ISLAND, QUEENS, AND BRONX WITH MOSQUITO LARVICIDE

Application to Take Place Tuesday, June 19 - Thursday, June 21, 2007 between the Hours of 6:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M., Weather Permitting

NEW YORK CITY – June 15, 2007 – To control mosquitoes, the Health Department will apply larvicide by helicopter to marsh and other non-residential areas of Staten Island, Queens and the Bronx. Weather permitting, larvicide will be applied on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 19-21 from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. each day. In case of bad weather, the Health Department will begin the morning of Wednesday, June 20 or the next possible day. While three days are allotted for this activity, the application may be completed in less time.

Mosquito Control Definitions

Aerial Larviciding – Dropping natural bacterial pellets by helicopter to marshes and other large natural areas to kill mosquito larvae before they grow into adult mosquitoes. Does not take place in the residential areas of NYC

Adulticiding – Spraying a liquid insecticide from trucks to kill adult mosquitoes. Can take place in residential or non-residential areas. No adultcidings are scheduled at this time.

The areas to be treated appear below. These 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. There is no ground spraying for adult mosquitoes planned at this time.

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

Chelsea

Chelsea/Con Ed West

North of Victory Blvd.; South of South Avenue; West of Travis to Arthur Kill Bay

10314

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

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

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

Fresh Kills

Fresh Kills Park

Marsh Areas bounded by West Shore Expressway to the West, Richmond Avenue to the East, Arthur Kill Road to the South and Park Drive/Main Creek to the North

10314

Fresh Kills

La Tourette Park

East of Richmond; North of Arthur Kill; South of Richmond Creek

10314, 10308

Port Mobile

Port Mobile

North and West of Arthur Kill Road to Arthur Kill Bay

10309

Chelsea/
Bloomfield

Saw Mill Marsh

South of River Road to Edward Curry Avenue; West of Chelsea Road to Arthur Kill Bay

10314

 

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, 11362, 11364

Linden Hill/ College Point

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 Whitestone Expressway to the East

10354, 10356

Edgemere/
Somerville

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

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 and/or VectoLex CG – both natural bacterial agents - will be used use 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.

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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