BUZZ OFF! NYC to spray for mosquitoes in these boroughs

Matthew Vanderpool, environmental health specialist and entomologist for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, displays a mosquito collected earlier in the day on August 25, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Matthew Vanderpool, environmental health specialist and entomologist for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, displays a mosquito collected earlier in the day on August 25, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo credit Jon Cherry/Getty Images

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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