2007-08-17 / Community

Health Department Mosquito Spraying To Take Place

To control mosquitoes, the Heath Department will be applying larvicide by helicopter to marsh and other nonresidential areas in Staten Island, Queens, and the Bronx. Larvicide will be applied Thursday, August 16, Friday, August 17, and Monday, August 20 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. In case of bad weather, application will occur on the next possible day. While three days are allotted for this activity, the application may be completed in less time.

Dubos Point and Edgemere Park are the only marsh areas slated to be treated locally. The area is bounded by Norton Basin to the east, Mott Point to the north, Grass Hassock Channel to the west, and Beach 65 Street, Decosta Avenue, and Almeda Avenue to the south.

VectoBac CG and/or VectoLex CG will be used for this application. These larvicides both contain natural bacteria, and will be used throughout the mosquito season to treat mosquito breeding sites. Additional surveillance activity is currently being conducted to determine whether further application of larvicide in these areas will be necessary. To report dead birds or standing water during West Nile Virus season, or to learn more about the West Nile Virus call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/health/wnv.

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