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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 057-07
Monday, July 16, 2007

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MEDIA:
(212) 788-5290; (212) 788-3058 (After Hours)
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 Wednesday, July 18 – Friday, July 20, 2007 between the Hours of 6:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M., Weather Permitting

NEW YORK CITY – July 16, 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 Wednesday, July 18 – Friday, July 20, 2007from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. each day. In case of bad weather, the Health Department will begin the morning of Thursday, July 19 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 adulticidings 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.

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 11691, 11692
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
Flushing Flushing River Marsh areas bounded by Van Wyck Expressway in the North, Willets Point Blvd, Roosevelt Avenue and Pedestrian Ramp to the West, College Point Blvd to the East, and Meridian Road to the South 10368, 10354
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 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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