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Parts of Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Rego Park to be sprayed with pesticide to combat West Nile virus Thursday

August 10 spraying zone in Queens.

Aug. 8, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez

Parts of Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, and Rego Park will be sprayed with pesticide Thursday night to reduce the risk of West Nile Virus, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

On Thursday, August 10, trucks will drive through Forest Hills, Forest Hills Gardens, Kew Gardens, Rego Park, and Woodhaven and spray Anvil® 10+10, a mosquito adulticide.

The area sprayed spans from Mt. Zion Cemetery in Maspeth past the southernmost part of Flushing Meadows Park, and hits Forest Park on the south.

These areas, along with other parts of Queens and Staten Island, have had an increase in West Nile Virus activity, according to the DOH, and have also seen high numbers of a certain mosquito known to transmit the virus.

Spraying will take place between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. the following morning.

To minimize direct expose, the DOH recommends people stay indoors during spraying, especially those with asthma or other respiratory conditions. If skin or clothing is exposed to pesticides, wash with soap and water.

Air conditioners may remain on, but the vent can be set to the closed position to reduce the possibility of indoor exposure to the pesticides.

The DOH also recommends washing outdoor equipment with soap and water if exposed to pesticides.

No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported this season to date.

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Nicole

Hi I know you are just spraying pesticide but what are you going to do about the rats that are running around in rego park on 64th ave?? Its a big problem i dont even want to go out side, I know the city planted trees out side but the dont even come n keep up with the trees n the rats hang out in there please help us.

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Esther

Hi we have a garden in Rego Park will this effect the vegetables? We are not on the map however we are very close to Woodhaven. Please advise thank you

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