Aug. 20, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
The city will be spraying mosquito-killing pesticides in parts of Greenpoint, East Williamsburg, and other areas of North Brooklyn beginning on the evening of Aug. 22.
The spraying will begin at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, and go until 6 a.m. the following day, according to the NYC Department of Health. The spraying was originally scheduled for the evening of Aug. 21.
Trucks will be spraying pesticides east of McGuinness Boulevard and Union Avenue in parts of the 11222 and 11211 zip codes in a target area that spans to about Flushing and Cypress Avenues. Other neighborhoods included in the spraying are parts of Bushwick, Broadway Junction, and Cypress Hills.
The DOH says it will be spraying very low concentrations of Anvil® 10+10 from trucks to reduce mosquito activity and combat the risk of West Nile virus.
The pesticides present low risk to people and pets, but some people who are sensitive to spray ingredients may experience short term eye or throat irritation, or a rash, according to the agency. People with respiratory conditions may also be affected.
The health department recommends those in the affected areas to stay indoors whenever possible during spraying, and that, while unnecessary, air conditioners may be turned off.
The agency also says, while unnecessary, that outdoor toys and equipment can be washed down with soap and water after spraying. Skin and clothing exposed to pesticides should also be washed with soap and water, while fruits and vegetables should be washed with water.
For more information, visit the DOH’s page on mosquitoes.
I had just gotten off at the graham stop late after work and as I was walking home a pesticide truck drove through the intersection right in front of me and I was forced to walk right through a cloud of pesticides. My eyes and throat have been irritated sense and I’ve had a rash on my skin for a few days now. I only put together that this may have been the cause after someone had posted about the spraying on social media. This is pretty concerning.
I don’t own a tv or follow the local media. I feed a family of stray cats in my neighborhood who just had kittens. Right when I went inside after feeding them, I opened my window, and immediately a truck drove by spraying pesticide. Today I feel faint, dizzy, and am having trouble breathing. Im debating going to the hospital. I’m also terribly worried about the cats. I’m absolutely horrified this practice is legal.
The DoH was responsible for early NYC shoreline maps, not without reason.
The risk of West Nile virus is so low, does it really make sense to use pesticide to poison every man, women, child and pet?
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