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New York City Seal
Press Release
NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Office of Communications
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Andrew Tucker
Thursday, August 15, 2002
(212) 788-5290
(877) 640-1347


Spraying Originally Scheduled for Yesterday, August 14
has been Rescheduled for Saturday August 17, Weather Permitting

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) today announced that the ground-based mosquito spraying originally scheduled for August 14 in northern Queens has been rescheduled. Spraying was postponed last night due to wind speeds exceeding 10 miles per hour. Weather permitting, spraying will take place overnight this Saturday, August 17 between the hours of 8:30 P.M. and 2:00 A.M. Sunday morning. In the event of rain or high winds, all operations will take place from 4:00 A.M. to 6:00 A.M. Sunday morning, weather permitting.

As a reminder, spraying will take place in the following areas of Queens: College Point, in the areas bounded by: 11th Avenue to the South, 135th Street to the East, and College Place to the West. Powell's Cove Park will be included in this area. Bay Terrace and Bayside, in the areas bounded by: the Long Island Expressway to the South (including Queensborough Community College), Bell Boulevard to 35th Avenue to Francis Lewis Boulevard to Utopia Parkway to the West, the Cross Island Parkway to the North (including Fort Totten) and East (including Crocheron Park, Clearview Park and Golf Course, and northern Alley Pond Park).

For adult mosquito control this year, DOHMH is using Anvil (Sumithrin), a synthetic pyrethroid used in mosquito control efforts in New York City since 1999. Exposure to Anvil may result in eye, nose and/or respiratory irritation, but symptoms are generally short-term.

Nonetheless, DOHMH offered some tips for individuals who live near the areas to be treated and wish to minimize any potential exposure to pesticides:

  • Some individuals are sensitive to pesticides. Persons with asthma or other respiratory conditions are especially encouraged to stay inside during spraying since there is a possibility that spraying could worsen those conditions.
  • Air conditioners may remain on. But if you wish to reduce the possibility of exposure to pesticides, set the air conditioner vent to the closed position, or choose the recirculate function.
  • If you wish to minimize your exposure to pesticides, you may want to bring children's toys, outdoor equipment and clothes from outdoor areas inside during spraying. If outdoor equipment and toys are exposed to pesticides, they may be washed with soap and water to reduce the possibility of exposure.
  • Wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water.
  • Anyone experiencing adverse reactions to pesticides should seek medical care or call the NYC Poison Control Center at (212) POISONS [(212) 764-7667].

Recommendations To Prevent WNV
New Yorkers, especially those 50 and over, are urged to take personal precautions against mosquitoes:

  • If outside between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, wear protective clothing such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and socks.
  • Consider the use of an insect repellent containing DEET. USE DEET ACCORDING TO MANUFACTURER'S DIRECTIONS. As with chemical exposures in general, pregnant women should take care to avoid exposure to DEET whenever practical.
  • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.

New Yorkers are also encouraged to help "Mosquito-Proof New York City" by eliminating areas of standing water around their homes:

  • Make sure roof gutters drain properly.
  • Dispose of cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers.
  • Remove all discarded tires from property.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. If not in use, keep pools empty and covered.
  • Drain water from pool covers.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
  • Change water in birdbaths every 3 to 4 days.
  • Eliminate any other areas of standing water that collects on your property;
  • Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their properties.

New Yorkers can find out about spray schedules by listening to WCBS radio (880AM) at 6:19 A.M. and 6:19 P.M. on the day before and the day of spraying activities. For more information on WNV, visit or call the City's toll free West Nile Virus Information Line at 1-877-WNV-4NYC (1-877-968-4692).