With the summer season finally here and more families enjoying the warmer weather outside, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) has encouraged the New York City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene to closely monitor mosquito breeding in an effort to eliminate any potential threats, such as West Nile or other mosquito-borne infections in the Sandy-damaged communities of Southern Queens and Rockaway.
Areas of standing water, road construction, clogged sewers, catch basins and obstructed waterways has created a welcoming atmosphere for mosquitoes throughout Southern Queens and Rockaway. More resources are needed to spray, monitor and trap larva to control the number of adult mosquitoes that could breed and carry infections that will potentially harm residents. Last summer, we had a low number of reported West Nile in Queens and we want to continue to keep those numbers low, Goldfeder noted.
In his letter to DOHMH, Goldfeder urged the agency to increase their mosquito spraying and to work with the Dept. of Environmental Protection to continue the use of mosquito magnet traps, which survey and control adult mosquitoes at wastewater treatment plants, as well as work with the Dept. of Sanitation to enforce lot cleaning.
“Frequently flooded lots and roads create the perfect habitat for larva to grow and I strongly urge the New York City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene to work with all the necessary city agencies to ensure mosquito breeding is controlled this summer and help residents in their recovery efforts,” Goldfeder said.