Bug out, Marine Park! Bug out, Mill Basin! Bug out, Gerritsen Beach!
Who gets the bugs out? (Department of Health, Health, Health). What get’s the bugs…
Okay, I’m done. The point is, the Health Department will spray pesticide from trucks to reduce risk of West Nile virus activity in and around our coverage area tomorrow, August 23, between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., weather permitting.
The areas to be sprayed are:
- Parts of Canarsie, East Flatbush, Flatlands, Georgetown, Marine Park, Mill Island, Mill Basin, Paerdegat Basin, Spring Creek and Starrett City.
- The boundaries of spraying are Linden Boulevard, Rockaway Parkway, Ralph Avenue, Flatlands Avenue and Greenwood Road to the north; Nostrand Avenue and Gerritsen Avenue to the west; Belt Parkway to the south; and Spring Creek and 78 Street to the east.
- The zip codes affected are 11207, 11208, 11210, 11229, 11234, 11236 and 11237.
The Health Department recommends that people take the following precautions to minimize direct exposure to the pesticide:
- Stay indoors during spraying, especially if you have asthma or other respirator conditions.
- Air conditioners may remain on, but you should close the vent or choose the re-circulate function.
- Remove children’s toys, outdoor equipment, and clothes from outdoor areas during spraying. If outdoor equipment or toys are exposed to pesticides, wash them with soap and water before using again.
- Wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water.
In case of bad weather, spraying will be rescheduled for Monday, August 27 during the same hours.