College Point now has eight mosquito traps designed specifically to trap Aedes Mosquitoes, the insects that can potentially carry the Zika virus, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene wrote to state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) on June 3.
The letter came after Avella and local marine and environmental scientist Dr. James Cervino expressed concern about an excess of mosquitoes in College Point, where the West Nile virus was first discovered in the United States in August 1999, and the potential danger of the Zika virus.
Cervino said he had already found the Aedes Mosquito to be present in College Point.
“We have already identified the carrier and we are going to go ahead with DNA sequencing at the end of the summer or sooner,” Dr. James Cervino said.
The DOMH wrote that they would spray adulticide “If surveillance of these traps shows a potential risk for mosquito-borne disease.”
Additionally, the city plans to spray larvicide at the Tallman Island Water Pollution Control Plant, which attracts mosquitoes to College Point.