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NYC to spray for mosquitos in fight against Zika, West Nile virus

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FRESH CREEK, Brooklyn –The arrival of summer brings the potential for disease-carrying mosquitos and the city isn't taking any chances.

The city health department will conduct its fourth aerial larvicide treatment to marsh and non-residential areas of Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx from Thursday to Saturday, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. The health department is monitoring mosquitos that carry the West Nile and Zika virus, and applies pesticides to their breeding grounds when appropriate throughout the summer.

So far there has been no local transmission of Zika virus in New York City and no human cases of West Nile virus this summer.

Reducing Exposure to Mosquitoes
• Use an approved insect repellent containing picaridin, DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under three), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.
• Make sure windows have screens and 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.
• 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.
• Report standing water by calling 311 or visiting nyc.gov/health/wnv.

The following areas will be sprayed with insecticides: 

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