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A section of Astoria to be Sprayed with Pesticides to Combat Mosquitoes Tuesday Night

July 30, 2018 By Christian Murray

Pesticides will be sprayed over several western Queens neighborhoods Tuesday as part of a mosquito control initiative, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Tomorrow night, July 31, trucks will drive and spray sections of Astoria, Ditmars, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Steinway and Woodside. Larvicide, a pesticide that stops mosquitoes from growing into adults, and adulticides, which kills adult mosquitoes, will be used.

The spraying will start at 9 p.m. and will continue until 6 a.m. Wednesday, August 1.

These areas were selected by the Health Department since there are a high number of mosquitoes that have been known to transmit West Nile virus in these neighborhoods.

The Health Department noted that it will use very low concentrations of Anvil® 10+10. This product, according to the department, poses no significant risks to human health. The Health Department recommends that people take the following precautions to minimize direct exposure:

1) Whenever possible, stay indoors during spraying.

2) Remove children’s toys, outdoor equipment and clothes from outdoor areas during spraying. If outdoor equipment and toys are exposed to pesticides, wash them with soap and water before using again.

3) Wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water.

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Eleni

I am more worried about the Con Ed plants, sewer plants and LGA Airport with all their Air Pollution Emissions all year round in Astoria than a mosquito bite.

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Anonymous

Call 311 if you see standing pools of water on rooftops, playgrounds or open lots. The Woodtree Playground basketball courts next to Best Market by 20th ave btwn 37th & 38th street turn into a swimming pool after rainfall.

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Jack D Benisi

OMG, I am speechless. Good luck with your belief system. I’m sure it will serve you well in life. Oh, by the way, don’t mice to affluent areaa of NYC. …..they don’t spray “those” neighborhoods. I guess mosquitoes avoid high income neighborhoods.

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Dane Beito

Poses no health risk to humans, b******* this is a pesticide nerve agent that’s how they work, droplets land on a mosquito does messing with the nervous system and kills them, people need to take a look at the product label and the MSDS, if Health officials or trapping mosquitoes and mosquitoes are testing negative it is in federal violation of the product label of the pesticide to spray because of the health risks and dangers

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Jack D Benisi

I am guessing that you are aware of this nerve agent…it’s a citizens responsibility to question everything there government does…..if there’s a chance that the citezenship are in danger

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Jack D Benisi

Spray Where THEY breed….Lakes, ponds, etc….the only thing the DOH is accomplishing is exposing humans to toxic chemicals. …..just a step away from placing them in a shower and gassing them…what a shsme!

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Native New Yorker

That’s bull. There are a million places where mosquitos can breed around here. Anyplace that collects water after it rains can harbor mosquito eggs and larvae. The tops of my building’s plastic garbage can lids are always full of water after it rains. People have bird baths in their backyards that have stagnant water in them. Even rain gutters that are seldom cleaned out can collect water.

Mosquitos aren’t just a biting nuisance. They carry tropical diseases like West Nile Virus and now Zika. You don’t want women giving birth to shrunken-head babies. That’s what Zika causes.

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A

Hmmm…So they are spraying on the rooftops and gutters and back yard bird baths? Are they using planes or are people climbing the roofs (if so, can you ask them to clean my gutters while they are there)?

If only we had a way to carry stagnant water away… some kind of drainage system… I got it, we can call it a public sewer system.

Please forgive some people for being skeptical of government “spraying” it’s citizenry.

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