Sanders Calls For Renewed Spraying
New York City Councilman James Sanders Jr. is calling on the New York City Department of Health to issue another round of adulticide mosquito spraying in the Rockaway portion of his 31st Council District, as torrential rains and rising flood waters from Hurricane Irene have created new breeding ground for the dangerous pests.
Flood waters in several areas of the Rockaway peninsula, including Ar- verne, Edgemere and Bayswater, have ravaged basements and backyards for many residents there.
A larger health threat however, is the growing mosquito population, which has found new water swells and stagnant pools to call home.
“This summer was already one of the worst on record for mosquitoes,” said Councilman Sanders. “But Hurricane Irene was like tossing a grenade into a gun fight. Water levels have risen even higher under Rockaway’s already fertile marsh areas, and standing pools of water have collected all over the streets.
A mosquito problem that was already threatening the health, safety and quality of life for my constituents is now in danger of exploding into a full blown health epidemic. I call on the Department of Health to renew their efforts to spray mosquito larvae and adults alike, to mitigate this problem as much as possible.”
In addition to the flood waters, downed trees and bushes are creating new hide outs for mosquitoes to nest and multiply.
As the summer season draws to a close, the Councilman is urging the Department of Health to act before the situation topples out of control.