Brooklyn In the fight against mosquitoes, the health department uses pesticides that the City of New York says is “low-risk” to people and pets.
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. Spraying is scheduled from 9 P.M. – 6 A.M.
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.
- 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, click here.
Discovery Channel presented a 1-hour documentary in July 2017 on the West Nile virus and about the risk and dangers of Mosquito bites. The documentary is called MOSQUITO. Mosquito was shown worldwide with an estimated audience of over 100 million viewers last summer.
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