Mosquito and ticks - protect yourself!
Photo credit: NBC News

In the fight against mosquitoes, the health department uses pesticides that are low-risk to people and pets, and provides the community with additional tips and resources to “fight the bite.”

Photo credit: NBC News

To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the health department is dispatching trucks to spray pesticides in parts of Brownsville, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, East New York, Fort Greene and Prospect Heights, on Wednesday, August 8, between the hours of 9:00pm and 6:00am, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, the application will be delayed until Thursday, August 9, during the same hours.

For the truck sprayings in Brooklyn, the health department will use very low concentrations of DUET®. The risks of these pesticides are low to people and pets. 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.

This map, and the application area it depicts, is an approximation and should not be relied on as a specific description of the area to be sprayed. The red dots represent positive mosquito traps, with the number of positive water pools shown in the parentheses.

To stay safe during spraying:

  • Stay indoors, whenever possible.
  • Air conditioners can remain on. While unnecessary, you may wish to close air conditioner vents or choose the recirculate function.

After spraying: 

  • While unnecessary, you can wash outdoor toys and equipment with soap and water. 
  • Wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water.
  • Always wash fruits and vegetables with water.

The most effective way to control mosquitoes is to eliminate any standing water. New Yorkers are also encouraged to mosquito-proof their homes and take precautions when spending time outdoors. Other ways to reducing exposure to mosquitoes include:

  • Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under three), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535. 
  • Make sure windows have screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
  • Eliminate any standing water from your property and dispose of containers that can collect water. Standing water is a violation of the New York City Health Code.
  • Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.

To learn more about mosquitoes and how to fight the bite, go here.

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Andrea Leonhardt

“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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