Beware of mosquitoes: in New York, your days are numbered.
The city’s health department is spraying two boroughs on Tuesday with adulticide, a pesticide used to kill adult mosquitoes. Authorities are targeting neighborhoods in Queens and Staten Island this week.
Crews will begin spraying around 8:30 p.m. and continue until around 6 a.m. Wednesday. Here 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.
Since insects and insects return during the summer, spraying helps reduce the number of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases such as west nile virus.
Trucks will be used to spray adulticide, which kills adult mosquitoes. The risks of pesticide application are low for people and domestic animals.
However, sensitive groups, such as people with respiratory problems, may be affected. To ensure everyone stays safe, the Department of Health has provided guidance during and after the application.
During the hours when crews will be spraying, people are encouraged to stay indoors as much as possible and to close air conditioner vents if possible.
The city advises after the spray window to wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides.
New Yorkers are also encouraged to protect their homes from mosquitoes and to take precautions when outside the home.
In case of bad weather, spraying will be postponed to Wednesday July 27th.
For more information, visit NYC Health Topics to place.