The city plans to spray a pesticide throughout the neighborhood starting Wednesday night “to reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus.” The spraying will take place from West 66th street up into Harlem between 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday.
The health department says it is spraying “due to rising West Nile virus activity” and it is focusing on areas that have high mosquito populations.
“For these sprayings, the Health Department will use a very low concentration of Anvil® 10+10, a synthetic pesticide. When properly used, this product poses no significant risks to human health.”
See the notice below, sent in by reader Jackie, for more info on precautions you should take. This flyer also has more information. A group called the No Spray Coalition has protested the sprayings, saying they harm public health. If the weather is bad on Wednesday night, the spraying will start on Thursday.
Below, check out a video of a truck spraying pesticides in the city.