STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – In the next two weeks, the New York City Department of Health will conduct aerial mosquito treatments on Staten Island.
The Ministry of Health, responsible for monitoring mosquito populations and applying pesticides where appropriate, will use helicopters to deposit a larvicide of natural bacterial granules on marshes and other large open spaces to kill larvae. mosquitoes before they become adult mosquitoes, according to the website agency.
"During the summer season, New Yorkers take full advantage of outdoor activities and we want to make sure they do not fear mosquito-borne diseases," said Dr. Oxiris Barbot, Health Commissioner.
"Aerial larviciding is a safe and effective way to do this," said Barbot.
Weather permitting, the fall of larvicide will occur on Thursday, June 20th; Friday, June 21 and Monday, June 24 between 18:00 and 19:00, according to a tweet from New York City Emergency Management.
The treatment aims to reduce the total number of mosquitoes and to minimize the risk of diseases such as West Nile virus and Zika virus.
According to the Department of Health website, the spraying will cover the following postal codes: 10303, 10305, 10306, 10308, 10309, 10311, 10312 and 10314.
In addition to the decrease in larvicides, the Department of Health has urged residents to eliminate stagnant water on their property, including in outdoor saunas and spas, as well as drainage water that accumulates on the covers of the swimming pool.
In hot weather, mosquitoes can breed in any stagnant water that has been standing for more than five days, the agency says.
In case of bad weather, the application of the larvicide will be delayed from Monday, June 24 to Wednesday, June 26 at the times mentioned above.