To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of Zika and West Nile viruses, the City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will conduct mosquito spraying in Western Queens on Thursday between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, application will be delayed until Monday, Aug. 8 during the same hours.
The spraying is part of a larger citywide initiative that will also target neighborhoods in Staten Island and the South Bronx.
“While we do not expect to find Zika in New York City’s mosquitoes, we are taking no chances. We are moving forward with a safe but aggressive plan to spray pesticide when we find significant numbers of mosquitoes that could possibly carry Zika,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “New Yorkers should continue to enjoy outdoor activities this summer while taking the usual precautions against mosquitoes, including wearing repellant and reporting standing water to 311.”
The Queens locations, which includes parts of Woodside, Sunnyside and Maspeth near Newtown Creek, met sufficient criteria for truck spraying of adulticide – an increase in West Nile virus activity as well as high numbers of mosquitoes in the Culex family that have been known to transmit West Nile Virus in New York City since 1999. These mosquitoes are not known to transmit Zika virus.