NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The New York City Department of Health is going after a pesky summer problem on Tuesday, targeting mosquitoes in Queens and Staten Island.
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Crews are spraying areas beginning at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and continuing until 6 a.m. Wednesday in an effort to reduce the likelihood of mosquito-borne illnesses, including the West Nile virus.
Here are the neighborhoods that the city will target:
Queens: Bayside, Bay Terrace, Beechhurst and Whitestone.
Staten Island: Arrochar, Dongan Hills, Grant City, Midland Beach, New Dorp, New Dorp Beach, Old Town and South Beach.
The chemical used for spraying is adulticide, which kills adult mosquitoes.
Adulticide is low-risk for people and pets, but it is recommended that residents stay inside.
Some 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.
If there is any exposure, the department said people should wash any skin and clothing affected.
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