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A section of Astoria to be sprayed with pesticides to combat mosquitoes Thursday

Aug. 23, 2017 Staff Report

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

Tomorrow night, August 24, trucks will drive and spray sections of Astoria, Ditmars, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Steinway and Woodside. Larvicide, a pesticide that stops mosquitos from growing into adults, and adulticides, which kills adult mosquitos, will be used.

The spraying will start at 9pm and will continue until 6:00am Friday, August 25.

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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Mosquito season is almost over
They just decided to do this?
Also, what imminent threat are mosquitoes posing to local residents?


That’s what the loud speakers were about last night? I did not know. I thought they spraying mace because of all the crime in the neighborhood.

Joyce Rivera

It’s there any way to get a better time schedule as to when the spraying will be done in my area of Woodside? Don’t have an air conditioner and usually sleep with the windows open and a fan cooling off the room. Also will this chemical cause any problems for my pets?


Sure Joyce! What time would work best for you? I’m sure the city would love to accomodate your requests. Make sure to call DiBlasio’s private line and he’ll reschedule it for you.


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