2005-08-12 / Community

Mosquito Spraying Next Week

Several Rockaway neighborhoods are slated next week for another round of mosquito spraying, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced.

Arverne/Somerville, Edgemere and Bayswater – as well as Edgemere Park and Landfill – will undergo spraying from 8 p.m. Monday, August 15 until 6 a.m. Tuesday, August, 16 then again on Tuesday from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to the DOHMH.

Officials ask that people in the affected areas close their windows, turn off air conditioners and remain inside while spraying is conducted. Past spraying efforts were interrupted because people were out on the street.

“If people are walking down the street we have to stop,” Dr. Edgar Butts, DOHMH Assistant Commissioner told The Wave during an interview in June. “We don’t want people exposed to pesticide, we want to kill mosquitoes.”

The pesticide that is used, Sumithrin, is released in small qualities and “exhibits very low mammalian (humans and other mammals) toxicity, degrades rapidly in sunlight, and provides very little or no residual activity, and does not bioaccumulate in the environment,” according to DOHMH literature.

Spraying will be delayed if the weather is unfavorable. Sprayers need dry weather and calm winds, Butts said.

Residents in the traditionally mosquito-plagued areas should notice immediate relief.

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