Staten Island to receive next round of pesticide spraying prevent spread of West Nile-carrying mosquitoes

Aedes aegypti Mosquito
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Parts of Staten Island will undergo pesticide spraying on Wednesday as a part of the city’s goal to rid the five boroughs of West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes.

Spraying trucks from the Health Department will head out to Staten Island on Aug. 12 from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning for the adulticide treatment. In the case of bad weather, the spraying will be pushed to Thursday, Aug. 13.

Parts of Bull’s Head, Graniteville, Heartland Village, Westerleigh, and Willowbrook will be sprayed. The spraying zone will include areas bordered by Richmond Avenue, Staten Island Expressway, and South Avenue to the West; Forest Avenue to the North; Manor Road, Staten Island Expressway, Woolley Avenue, and Forest Hill Road to the East; and, Rockland Avenue to the South.

For the spraying, the Health Department will use very low concentrations of DeltaGard®. While the risks associated with the pesticide for humans and pets, some may experience short-term eye or throat irritation, or a rash. People with respiratory conditions may also be affected.

To stay safe during the spraying, stay inside whenever possible. Air conditioners can stay on during the process. After the spraying, wash any skin or clothing that was exposed to the pesticides with soap and water, and all fruits and vegetables with water.

The most effective way to control mosquitoes is to eliminate any standing water. You can report standing water by calling 311 or visiting nyc.gov/health/wnv.

New Yorkers are also encouraged to mosquito-proof their homes and take precautions when spending time outdoors. Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under 3), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.