Aug. 20, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
The city will begin spraying pesticides to keep the number of mosquitos at bay in Sunnyside, Woodside, and other parts of Queens and Brooklyn on Aug. 22.
The spraying will begin at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday night, and will continue until 6 a.m. the next day, according to the NYC Department of Health. The spraying was originally scheduled for the evening of Aug. 21.
The spraying will occur below Queens Boulevard in parts of the 11104, 11377, and 11101 zip codes in an area that roughly spans 11th Street in Long Island City to 69th Street in Woodside. Other neighborhoods included in the truck spraying include parts of Blissville and Hunters Point.
The health department says it will be spraying very low concentrations of Anvil® 10+10 from trucks to reduce mosquito activity and combat the risk of West Nile virus.
The pesticides present low risk to people and pets, but some people who are sensitive to spray ingredients may experience short term eye or throat irritation, or a rash, according to the agency. People with respiratory conditions may also be affected.
The DOH recommends area residents to stay indoors whenever possible during spraying, and that, while unnecessary, air conditioners may be turned off.
The agency also says, while unnecessary, that outdoor toys and equipment can be washed down with soap and water after spraying. Skin and clothing exposed to pesticides should be washed with soap and water, while fruits and vegetables should be washed with water.
For more information, visit the DOH’s page on mosquitoes.