NYC conducting 'aerial larviciding' to combat mosquitos, West Nile virus

Maya Rajamani
July 06, 2020 - 5:24 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The city’s health department will use a helicopter to treat marshes and wetland areas in four of the five boroughs with an “environmentally friendly” pesticide in an effort to stave off the West Nile virus. 

The department will be conducting its first “aerial larviciding” of the mosquito season in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and on Staten Island from Wednesday, July 8 to Friday, July 10, starting at 6 a.m. and ending at 8 p.m., weather permitting, it said in a release Monday. 

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If the weather is inclement on those days, larviciding will take place from Monday, July 13 to Wednesday, July 15 instead, according to the department. 

The health department hasn’t seen any cases of West Nile virus in humans yet this season, but it wants to “ensure that everyone remains safe from mosquito-borne diseases,” Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said in a statement. 

“Aerial larviciding is a safe and effective way to do just that,” she said. A full list of areas that will undergo aerial larvicide treatment is available on the department’s website