New York City health officials have scheduled ground spraying of pesticide in parts of Brooklyn and Queens Thursday into Friday morning to reduce mosquito activity and the risk of the West Nile virus.
Trucks will travel through parts of Bath Beach, Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge in Brooklyn, as well as parts of Lindenwood, Ozone Park and South Ozone Park in Queens starting at 8 p.m on Thursday, September 6.
The spraying will continue through 6 a.m Friday morning. In case of bad weather, it will be delayed until Monday, September 10.
The Health Department says they will use a very low concentration of the pesticide Anvil, and the product poses no significant risks to those who encounter the spray.
However, some residents who want to avoid exposure, particularly children and pregnant women, are urged to stay inside.
Air conditioners can stay on, but the health department recommends setting the vent to a closed position, or choosing the re-circulate function. Any toys or lawn furniture left out during the spraying should be washed with soap and water.
At least 13 human cases of West Nile virus infection have been detected in New York so far this year, including the deaths of two older people in Onondaga and Nassau counties.