The New York City Health Department has announced that it will be conducting an adulticide treatment to reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus in certain parts of Brooklyn. The treatment will involve the spraying of pesticides in select areas of Southern Crown Heights and East Flatbush.
The spraying will take place overnight, between the hours of 8:30 PM and 6:00 AM the following morning, starting on Tuesday, September 19, 2023. In the event of bad weather, the application will be postponed until Wednesday, September 20, 2023.
To ensure the safety of residents and pets, the Health Department will use very low concentrations of Anvil® 10+10, Duet®, or MERUS® 3 pesticides. The risks associated with these pesticides are considered to be low for humans and pets. However, individuals who are sensitive to the spray ingredients may experience short-term eye or throat irritation, as well as a rash. Those with respiratory conditions may be particularly affected.
During the spraying, it is advised for people to stay indoors whenever possible. Air conditioners can remain on, but it may be beneficial to close air conditioner vents or use the recirculate function. After the spraying, it is recommended to wash any exposed skin or clothing with soap and water. Additionally, all fruits and vegetables should be washed thoroughly with water.
While this treatment will help control mosquito populations, it is important for residents to continue taking precautionary measures to prevent mosquito breeding. The most effective way to do this is by eliminating any standing water around homes. New Yorkers are also encouraged to mosquito-proof their homes and take necessary precautions when spending time outdoors.
In conclusion, the Health Department’s pesticide treatment in Brooklyn aims to reduce mosquito activity and minimize the risk of West Nile virus. By following the recommended safety measures and taking preventive actions, residents can contribute to a safer and healthier community.
– New York City Health Department