2010-08-27 / Community

DOH To Treat Rockaway Mosquitoes

By Miriam Rosenberg

The city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has announced its next round of treatment for the control of the mosquito population, which includes areas of the east end of Rockaway.

On August 24, the DOH released a list of locations that will be treated by larvicide by low-flying helicopters. In cluded on the list are the neighborhoods of Edgemere and Sommer ville and the marsh / wetland areas of Dubos Point and Edge mere Park.

According to the press release, “To control mosquitoes the Health De - partment will apply larvicide to marsh and other non-residential areas [which are common breeding areas for mosquitoes] of Staten Island, the Bronx and Queens on Friday, August 27; Monday, August 30 and Tuesday, August 31 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. weather permitting. In case of bad weather, application will be delayed until Monday, August 30 through Wednesday, September 1, during the same hours.”

The boundary areas for the larvicide treatments are: marsh areas bounded by Norton Basin to the east; Mott Point to the north; Grass Hassock Channel to the west; and Beach 65 Street, De Costa Avenue and Almeda Avenue to the south.

“While three days are allotted for this activity, the application may be completed in less time.”

At a meeting with DOH representatives last month, hosted by Council man James Sanders Jr., assistant commissioner for the Office of Vector Pest Control Mario Merlino described the steps being tak en to fight the mosquito population throughout the city.

Larvicide, which is used to prevent mo s quitoes from hatching, can be distributed from the air and by applying it to catch basins in the city. All catch basins in the city are treated four times a year. Adulticide spraying is done to kill adult mosquitoes after evidence of West Nile Virus appears in two consecutive testings of mosquitoes in an area.

At the July 28 meeting, Merlino told residents that, “There have been two larvicide treatments around Rockaway and two more are due before the season is over and testing [for West Nile Virus] will continue.”

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