2012-06-15 / Community

Rockaway Gets Mosquito Spraying

Aerial Larvicide Utilized

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder announced that the New York City Department of Health conducted aerial larvicide spraying for mosquitoes to help prevent West Nile Virus in marsh and non-residential areas this week.

The decision to conduct aerial larvicide spraying comes in response to a recent letter that the Assemblyman sent to the New York State Department of Environmental Con- servation (DEC) requesting that they authorize the NYC Department of Health (DOH) to perform larvicide spraying for all mosquitoes and to eliminate any potential carriers of the West Nile Virus in Southern Queens and Rockaway this summer.

“I am pleased that the DEC has responded to my request to authorize the NYC Department of Health to allow for aerial larvicide spraying in the marshy areas of the Rockaways,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said. “Mosquitoes are more than a ‘nuisance issue,’ they prevent our families and children from enjoying the neighborhood in the beautiful summer months. With the recent announcement of spraying, our community can enjoy the outdoors, free from the hazards associated with mosquitoes.”

The larvicides being used for this application all contain naturally occurring bacteria and have been used throughout the mosquito season to treat mosquito-breeding sites. These products are approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Goldfeder noted.

“Our families can rest assured, knowing that this measure will not only keep mosquitoes at bay, but that it will also be carried out safely,” Goldfeder said. “This is only the first step, I am hopeful the Department of Health will conduct as many applications as necessary to rid us of this problem and expand spray area if necessary.”

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