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The Bronx, Queens to be Sprayed With Pesticides by Truck August 15; Spraying Began This Year July 30th

Truck Spraying Pesticides down NYC Streets
Truck Spraying Harmful Pesticides Down NYC Streets

For the 20th year, New York City has continued its controversial pesticide spraying to “control” West Nile Virus.

The pesticide spraying program for West Nile virus has never been reviewed by any city agency since its inception despite the continued use of toxic, harmful and carcinogenic chemicals over the city’s population and our environment. It began in 1999 by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, continued by Michael Bloomberg, now Bill de Blasio.

The pesticides being sprayed are harmful to human health and the health of the entire eco-system, including animals, birds, wildlife, insects, and more. They kill off natural predators of mosquitoes, including dragonflies and bats.

Toxic and carcinogenic pesticides will be sprayed by truck in parts of Queens and the Bronx on Thursday, August 15th. This is the third “adulticiding” this summer.

View No Spray Coalition Press Release and Statement on the Pesticide Spraying in 2018 here.

Staten Island and Queens already Sprayed with Pesticides This Season July 30th and August 6th

The first spray incident happened this year on July 30th in Staten Island neighborhoods of Annadale, Arden Heights, Bay Terrace, Eltingville, Great Kills, Greenridge, Huguenot, New Dorp, New Dorp Beach, Oakwood, Oakwood Beach, Richmond Town, Rossville, Woodrow (ZIP codes: 10306, 10308, 10309, 10312) followed by Queens on August 6th in Bellerose Manor, Douglaston, Glen Oaks, Little Neck, Auburndale, Bay Terrace, Beechhurst, Clearview, College Point, Fort Totten, Linden Hill, Malba, Whitestone (ZIP codes: 1104, 1105, 11040, 11354, 11356, 11357, 11358, 11359, 11360, 11362, 11426).

The Bronx and Queens to be Sprayed with Pesticides by Truck Thursday, August 15th

The spraying on August 15th in the Bronx will take place in parts of Castle Hill, Clason Point, Eastchester Bay, Edgewater Park, Harding Park, Locus Point, Middletown, Schuylerville, Silver Beach, Throgs Neck, and Unionport (Parts of 10461, 10465, and 10473) and, in Queens, spraying will occur in parts of Auburndale, Corona, Flushing, Kew Gardens Hills, Murray Hill, Pomonok, Queensboro Hill (parts of 11355, 11358, 11365, 11367, and 11368). See boundaries below.


The spray schedule can be found here.

pesticide spraying 2019 map of areas bronx queens new york city west nile virus toxic pesticides

Press release below from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Oxiris Barbot, MD, Commissioner.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019


Trucks will spray pesticide in parts of the Bronx and Queens the evening of Thursday, August 15.

August 13, 2019 – To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will conduct its third adulticide treatment of the season. Trucks will spray pesticides in sections of the Bronx and Queens on Thursday, August 15 between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, application will be delayed until Monday, August 19 or Tuesday, August 20.

For the truck sprayings in the Bronx and Queens, the Health Department will use very low concentrations of Anvil® 10+10 and/or DeltaGard® INSECTICIDE. The risks of pesticides applied by the Health Department for mosquito control 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.

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.

Reducing exposure to mosquitoes

• Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for
children under 3), 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.
• 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 For more information about West
Nile virus, call 311 or visit

Locations of truck spraying in the Bronx and Queens to reduce risk of West Nile virus


Neighborhoods/Boundaries/Zip Codes


Parts of Castle Hill, Clason Point, Eastchester Bay, Edgewater Park, Harding Park, Locus Point, Middletown, Schuylerville, Silver Beach, Throgs Neck, and Unionport

Bordered by Taylor Avenue, Bronx River to the West, Bruckner Expressway, Hutchinson River Parkway, Waterbury Avenue to the North; Logan Avenue, Randall Avenue, Eastchester Bay to the East; and, East River to the South

Parts of 10461, 10465, and 10473


Parts of Auburndale, Corona, Flushing, Kew Gardens Hills, Murray Hill, Pomonok, Queensboro Hill

Bordered by Grand Central Parkway, Long Island Expressway, 99th Street, 50th Avenue, and Junction Boulevard to the West; Roosevelt Avenue, Grand Central Parkway, LIRR, Delong Street, Sanford Avenue, Parsons Boulevard, 46th Avenue, 162nd Street, 43rd Avenue and Northern Boulevard to the North; Utopia Avenue, 188th Street to the East; and, Long Island Expressway, Kissena Boulevard, and Jewel Avenue to the South

Parts of 11355, 11358, 11365, 11367, and 11368


Read more at No Spray Coalition:

No Spray Coalition Condemns De Blasio Admin for Toxic Pesticide Spraying; 18th Year of Harmful Spraying for West Nile Virus

SPRAY VS. NO SPRAY: Comparative Analysis of 14 Cities Which Spray Pesticides for West Nile Virus Vs. Those That Don’t

Watch: How NYC Sprays Neighborhoods by Truck with Pesticides – You Won’t Believe It

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