To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of Zika and West Nile viruses, the Health Department will spray pesticide from trucks in parts of Northern Queens on Thursday between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Friday morning, weather permitting.
The neighborhoods that will be sprayed include College Point and parts of Northern Flushing including Mitchell-Linden and Linden Hill. They will be treated with adulticide due to a significant presence of Aedes Albopictus, or Asian Tiger mosquitoes, in traps set by the Health Department. No Zika virus has been found in any mosquito in New York City. Although Aedes Albopictusmosquitoes can carry Zika virus, they are not responsible for the current outbreak in Latin and Central America. Aedes Aegypti, a cousin to Aedes Albopictus which has never been found in New York City, is responsible for the current outbreak.
As part of its aggressive three-year, $21 million plan to protect New Yorkers from Zika, the Health Department will spray pesticide in areas where Aedes Albopictus are found in significant numbers as a precaution. The Department remains cautiously optimistic that Zika virus will not be found in mosquitoes in New York City.
In case of bad weather, application will be delayed until Monday, Aug. 1.