Pesticide to target West Nile virus in Queens

Pesticides will be sprayed in parts of Queens on Wednesday night to target mosquitos carrying the West Nile virus.

west nile virus mosquito A mosquito bites a human. Credit: Getty Images

 

Pesticides will be sprayed in parts of Queens on Wednesday night to target mosquitos carrying the West Nile virus.

 

Trucks will begin the pesticide application at 8:30 p.m., continuing through Thursday at 6 a.m., according to the city's health department. In the event of bad weather, the pesticide application will be on Thursday to Friday morning during the same times.

 

The spraying will occur in parts of Bayside, Douglaston, Hollis Hill, Little Neck, Oakland Gardens, Blissville, Sunnyside, West Maspeth, Kew Gardens, Briarwood and Jamaica. Those neighborhoods are experiencing increased West Nile virus activity with large mosquito populations, officials said.Pesticides were also sprayed last week in other parts of Queens.

 

There have been 28West Nile virus-infected mosquito pools in Queens this year. Five infected pools have been found in Brooklyn and eight have been found on Staten Island.

The West Nile virus, which spreads through mosquito bites, made its first U.S. appearance in Queens in 1999.

Some people who are infected may not show any symptoms, but those older than 60 are more at risk of contracting illnesses like encephalitis or meningitis.So far this year, no human cases have been reported in the city.

New Yorkers are encouraged to wear mosquito replant and cover up when outside at dawn or dusk.

While the synthetic pesticide being applied in the spraying is not harmful to humans when used correctly, the health department said New Yorkers can reduce exposure by staying indoors and removing toys, clothing and equipment from outside areas.

For more information, call 311 or click here.

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