2006-06-16 / Community

Mosquito Hotspots Treated Next Week

By Brian Magoolaghan

Two of the peninsula's mosquito-plagued areas are slated for aerial larvicide treatment next week, according to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Dubos Point and Edgemere Park - marsh areas located between Edgemere and Jamaica Bay - will be treated with larvicide pellets that are applied by helicopter. The pellets target mosquito larvae, or eggs, to kill the biting bugs before they hatch and become airborne.

Unlike pesticide spraying, the larvicide treatment does not require residents in the surrounding area to seal up their homes and remain indoors, according to DOHMH spokesperson Andrew Tucker.

The DOHMH traditionally uses a combination of larvicide and pesticide to control mosquitoes in Rockaway's most infested areas - Arverne, Edgemere and Bayswater. But with summer about to start, there is still doubt over whether the city will provide the level of relief that was seen last year. City Councilman James Sanders Jr. and the Mayor's Office are still working to allocate about $100,000 for that purpose, according Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska, who updated the public at the board's meeting this week.

Next week's larvicide treatment, which includes the local areas and other parts of Queens, is scheduled to take place from Tuesday, June 20 to Thursday, June 22, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., weather permitting. High winds or rain will delay the application. Rain dates of June 21 through June 23, also between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., have been set.

Dubos Point and Edgemere Park are bounded by Norton Basin to the east, Mott Point to the north, Grass Hassock Channel to the west and Beach 65 Street, Decosta and Almeda Avenue to the south.

For more in formation, call 311 or go to www.NYC.gov

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