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Queens mosquitoes to get sprayed by city

Health Dept. trucks will put out pesticides in greater Flushing area

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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2019 10:30 am

The city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is conducting its third adulticide treatment of the season tonight, spraying pesticides that affect mosquitoes to prevent the spread of West Nile virus.

Trucks will spray in sections of Queens on Thursday, Aug. 15, between 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting. The dispersal will take place in Auburndale, Corona, Flushing and Kew Gardens Hills.

For the truck sprayings, the department will use low concentrations of insecticide. The risks of pesticides applied by the agency for mosquito control are low to people and pets, the city says.

Some people who are sensitive to spray ingredients may experience short-term eye or throat irritation, or a rash.

People with respiratory conditions may also be affected.

The city advises residents of the affected areas to stay indoors whenever possible during the spraying. Air conditioners can remain on. While unnecessary, residents may wish to close air conditioner vents, or choose the recirculate function.

After spraying, you can wash outdoor toys and equipment with soap and water, though doing so is unnecessary. Wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water. Always wash fruits and vegetables with water.

The most effective way to control mosquitoes is to eliminate any standing water. New Yorkers are also encouraged to mosquito-proof their homes and take precautions when spending time outdoors.

Report standing water by calling 311 or visiting nyc.gov/health/wnv. For more information about West Nile virus, call 311 or visit nyc.gov.

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