Aug. 5, 2020 By Christian Murray
The NYC Department of Health will be spraying larvicides over the marshes and wetland areas in central and eastern Queens starting Thursday as part of a mosquito control initiative.
The department announced Monday that a helicopter will spray environmentally-friendly larvicides over the non-residential marsh areas in specific areas in Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island.
The spraying will take place between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6; Friday, Aug. 7; and Monday, Aug. 10.
The areas in Queens to be sprayed are the creek at Alley Pond Park; the abandoned Flushing airport in Linden Hill/College Point; Dubos Point and Edgemere Park in Edgemere/Somerville; Brookville Park in Brookville; and Kissena Park.
The department says that it will be using VectoMax GS, which contains naturally occurring bacteria, to kill young mosquitoes.
The aim is to reduce the number of mosquitoes and to minimize risk of illnesses such as the West Nile Virus. To date, there have been no human cases of West Nile virus this season.