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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 065-07
Monday, August 6, 2007

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


HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO CONDUCT MOSQUITO SPRAYING IN QUEENS

Spraying will take place Wednesday August 8, 2007 between the hours of 8:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M. the following morning, weather permitting

NEW YORK CITY – August 6, 2007 – To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will spray pesticide from trucks in parts of Queens from Wednesday August 8, 2007 at 8:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. the following morning, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, spraying will be delayed until Thursday, August 9 or the next possible night. No human cases of West Nile virus have been identified to date.

The areas to be sprayed in Queens follow (also see map below):

Neighborhood Boundaries Zip Code
College Point, Malba, Whitestone, Linden Hill, Flushing, Murray Hill

Bordered by Lax Avenue, Powers Cove, 138th Place, 138th Street, 14th Avenue and Cross Island Pkwy to the North; 149th Street, 25th Avenue, 150th Street, Bayside Avenue, 149th Street to the East; Sanford Avenue to the South; and College Point Boulevard, 123rd Street, and Lax Avenue to the West

11357, 11355, 11354, 11356

For this 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:

  • Definition of Adulticiding

    Spraying a liquid insecticide from trucks to kill adult mosquitoes. Can take place in residential or non-residential areas.

    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. But if you wish to reduce the possibility of indoor exposure to pesticides, set the air conditioner vent 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 your 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 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 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 use of pesticides in New York City is conducted in accordance with federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) guidelines. A complete Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is available at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/wnv/feis.shtml.

Proposed Adulticiding Application in Queens

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