2004-05-21 / Community

DOH: Start Now On Mosquito Control

DOH: Start Now On Mosquito Control

New York City Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden has reminded New Yorkers to help prevent the spread of West Nile virus (WNV) by reporting dead birds and eliminating standing water from their property. Dr. Frieden also reminded New Yorkers to start mosquito-proofing their homes to reduce exposure to mosquitoes that can carry WNV.

Dr. Frieden said, "Eliminating standing water and reporting dead birds are critical to controlling West Nile virus. We ask New Yorkers to report dead birds, especially crows and blue jays, which are important indicators of WNV in our area. Call 311 or log on to nyc.gov/health/wnv to file a report."

Frieden also reminded New Yorkers to start mosquito-proofing their homes, such as replacing torn window and door screens, cleaning gutters, and by emptying and turning over containers that could carry water allowing mosquitoes to breed. Larger areas of standing water should be reported to the Health Department. Standing water is a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes and, as such, may be a violation of the health code, which is punishable with a fine.

The Health Department will begin routine larviciding of the City’s storm drains in early June and will continue to do so throughout the summer months.

If West Nile Virus activity poses a risk to human health, pesticides will be applied to targeted areas.

•Reduce Exposure To Mosquitoes.

•Repair or replace all screens that have tears and holes.

• Eliminate any standing water that collects on your property:

•Dispose of containers that can collect standing water.

•Make sure roof gutters drain properly and rooftops are free of standing water.

•Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty and cover if not in use.

•Drain water that collects in pool covers.

To report dead birds or standing water, call 311 or visit nyc.gov/ health/ wnv. For more information about West Nile virus, visit nyc.gov/health/wnv.

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