Mosquitoes be warned: New York City says your days are numbered.
The city’s health department on Tuesday sprayed two boroughs with adulticide, a pesticide used to kill adult mosquitoes. Officials are targeting neighborhoods in Queens and Staten Island this week.
The crews start spraying around 8:30 pm and continue until Wednesday around 6:00 am. These are the neighborhoods on the city’s list:
- (Queens) Bayside, Bay Terrace, Beechhurst and Whitestone.
- (Staten Island) Arrochar, Dongan Hills, Grant City, Midland Beach, New Dorp, New Dorp Beach, Old Town, South Beach.
Because bugs and bugs come back in the summer, spraying helps reduce the number of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus.
Trucks will be used to spray adulticide, which kills adult mosquitoes. The risk of applied pesticides is low for humans and animals.
However, sensitive groups, such as those with respiratory problems, may be affected. To ensure that everyone stays safe, the GGD has provided tips before and after the application.
During the hours when the crews will be spraying, people are encouraged to stay indoors as much as possible and close the air conditioning vents if possible.
The city advises people to wash all skin and clothing exposed to pesticides after the spray window.
New Yorkers are also encouraged to protect their homes from mosquitoes and take precautions when they are outdoors.
In case of bad weather, spraying will be postponed to Wednesday 27 July.
For more information, visit NYC’s Health Topics site.