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Sections of Forest Park and Surrounding Areas to be Sprayed With Pesticides on Thursday

  1. Planned Spray Area: Dept. of Health

    Sept. 3, 2019 By Ryanne Salzano

    Pesticides will be sprayed over several Queens neighborhoods Thursday night as part of a mosquito control initiative, according to the Department of Health (DOH). This will be the sixth treatment of the season.

    Trucks are scheduled to drive and spray sections of Briarwood, Forest Park, Kew Gardens and Woodhaven starting at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 and continue until 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6.

    In case of bad weather, the treatment will be delayed until Monday, Sept. 9 or Tuesday, Sept. 10.

    Adulticide, a pesticide which kills adult mosquitoes, will be used.

    The areas being sprayed have a high number of mosquitoes known to transmit West Nile Virus, according to the Health Department.

    The Health Department noted that it will use very low concentrations of Anvil® 10+10 and/or DeltaGard® insecticide. This product, according to the department, poses no significant risks to human health.

    People should stay indoors during the spraying, the Health Department said. Air conditioners can stay on.

    The Health Department recommends that people take the following precautions after spraying:

    Wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water.

    Always wash fruits and vegetables with water.

    New Yorkers are also encouraged to mosquito-proof their homes and take precautions when spending time outdoors.

    • Eliminate any standing water from your property and dispose of containers that can collect water.
    • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty or covered if not in use.
    • Drain water that collects in pool covers. Standing water is a violation of the New York City Health Code.
    Report standing water by calling 311 or visit for more information about West Nile virus.
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I have actually seen less mosquitoes this year compared to last. Pesticides are never a good option and will have a negative impact on other wild life. Also don’t trust this pesticide is non toxic to humans, where are the studies to prove the safety?

Renee T.

To my knowledge, this will be the first spraying done all summer in the 11415 zip code. Am I correct?


We have seen an unprecedented number of birds in our area this summer. Just about zero bumblebees. I understand that there has been spraying all around, and wonder if this is having a negative impact on wildlife and pollinators.


Argh – I meant to say “we have seen an unprecedented ABSENCE of birds in our area. Not a single chirp all day.


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