Bellerose residents say the Department of Health is ignoring their neighborhoods and they are inundated with mosquitoes.
At a press conference last week organized by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who is running for borough president, residents said the city must do more. They are concerned that Bellerose has not been sprayed for West Nile virus since 2011 and is not yet scheduled to be sprayed this year.
“Every summer, the West Nile virus presents a dangerous threat to the residents of this area. Yet, it is simply unacceptable that every year the city does not devote more resources towards combating this very real problem,” Avella said. “While their neighbors to the north and west get sprayed, residents in Bellerose are left to combat these mosquitoes on their own.”
The DOH issued the following statement, which read in part: “Though we are conducting regular surveillance in the area, we have not yet seen West Nile virus activity in Bellerose. Spraying is only conducted in an area where there is a high risk of West Nile. These mosquitoes do not transmit West Nile virus.”