By Jonathan Sperling
The New York City Health Department will spray pesticides in parts of Central and Eastern Queens overnight between Aug. 22 and Aug. 23 in order to reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile Virus.
Low concentrations of insecticides will be dispensed from trucks in parts of Fresh Meadows, Hollis, Sunnyside, Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village.
In Eastern Queens, the approximate boundaries of the spraying are 188th Street to the west; the Long Island Expressway to the north; 210th Street, Union Turnpike, Bell Boulevard to the east; and, Grand Central Parkway to the south.
In Western Queens, the approximate boundaries are Dutch Kills to the west; 47th Avenue, 41st Street, Long Island Expressway, 71st Street, Caldwell Avenue, Eliot Avenue to the north; Woodhaven Boulevard to the east; and, Cooper Avenue, Long Island Railroad Tracks, Rust Street, Grand Avenue, Newtown Creek to the south.
The spraying will occur beginning Thursday between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, spraying will be delayed until Aug. 27.
The pesticide is of low risk to people and pets, according to the Health Department, however people who are sensitive to spray ingredients may experience short-term eye or throat irritation, or a rash. People with respiratory conditions may also be affected.
To avoid adverse reactions, the Health Department recommends people stay indoors during the spraying. Air conditioners can remain on. It is also recommended that residents eliminate any standing water on their property, as this can act as a breeding ground for mosquitoes