Aug. 17, 2015 By Christian Murray
Trucks will be spraying a number of western Queens neighborhoods with a pesticide this evening as the Health Dept. aims to deplete the mosquito population to combat West Nile disease.
Spraying will begin at 8:30 pm, August 17, and will continue until 6 am Tuesday morning.
The following sections of western Queens will be sprayed:
1) Long Island City and Sunnyside generally bounded by 47th Avenue on the north; Dutch Kills on the west; Newtown Creek on south; and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and 43rd Street on the east.
2) Parts of Astoria and Woodside generally bounded by 20th Avenue and 30th Street on the north; 28th Avenue, 43rd Street and Newtown Road on the west; Broadway and Northern Boulevard on the south; and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, 30th Avenue, 78th Street, Astoria Boulevard and 75th Street on the east.
While the Health Department said the pesticide (Anvil® 10+10) used does not pose any significant health risk, it advises residents with respiratory ailments to stay indoors while spraying occurs.
The department said windows should be kept closed; air conditioners may be used, but the vents should be closed to prevent possible indoor exposure to the pesticide.
Any toys, clothes and outdoor equipment should be moved inside prior to spraying; anything left outside while spraying occurs should be thoroughly washed before reuse. People exposed to the pesticide should thoroughly wash their skin with soap and water
Produce grown in backyards should be washed before being consumed or cooked.
For more information, visit the Health Department’s website or call 311.