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Sections of East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights to be sprayed with pesticides 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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