2009-06-26 / Top Stories

Rockaway Areas To Be Sprayed For

Areas of Rockaway will be sprayed for mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus in and around marshlands of Edgemere and Somerville. Areas of Rockaway will be sprayed for mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus in and around marshlands of Edgemere and Somerville. To control mosquitoes, the Health Department will apply larvicide by helicopter to marsh and other non-residential areas of Staten Island, Queens, and the Bronx on Friday, June 26; Monday, June 29; and Tuesday, June 30, 2009 between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. weather permitting. In case of bad weather, application will be delayed until the next day during the same hours. While three days are allotted for this activity, the application may be completed in less time.

The areas to be treated appear below. These are marshy, natural areas, which are common breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Due to their size and difficulty to reach by ground vehicles, these areas will be treated with larvicide from a low-flying helicopter.

The Rockaway areas include the zip codes of 11691 and 11692. This includes the neighborhoods of Edgemere and Somerville at the marshland areas of Dubos Point and Edgemere Park which extend from 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.

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