2006-09-22 / Community

Marsh Areas Set For Larvicide Treatment

By Brian Magoolaghan

Dubos Point and Edgemere Park are slated for larvicide treatment to reduce the number of mosquitoes.Dubos Point and Edgemere Park are slated for larvicide treatment to reduce the number of mosquitoes.

The city's latest round of mosquito control includes larvicide application in two local marshlands, according to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Dubos Point and Edgemere Park are slated for larvicide application during a round of treatment that, weather permitting, was set to begin Thursday, September 21 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Spraying was also likely to take place on Friday, Sept. 22 and Monday, Sept. 25.

The larvicide, a natural bacterial agent called VectoBac CG, will be applied via low-flying helicopter because of the area's "size and difficulty to reach by ground vehicles," according to the DOHMH announcement.

Other parts of Queens as well as marsh and non-residential areas in State Island and the Bronx are also set to be treated.

Dubos Point and Edgemere Park are among the peninsula's most mosquito plagued areas.

Residents who sit on Community Board 14 reported last week that this mosquito season has been much more bearable than years past.

The DOHMH recently announced that West Nile Virus activity was found during testing in zip codes spanning the Rockaway Peninsula - from 11691 west to 11694.

The DOHMH makes the following recommendations to reduce mosquito exposure: Repair or replace all screens that have tears and holes; eliminate standing water; get rid of containers or used tires that collect standing water; make sure roof gutters drain properly and rooftops are clear of standing water; clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty and covered if not in use and drain water that collects in the covers; vases are prohibited in cemeteries during West Nile Virus season; use mosquito repellent that contain deet, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

For more information, call 311 or go to www.NYC.gov/health

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