The city is planning to spray pesticides throughout the neighborhood on Thursday night to kill mosquitoes, according to notices posted in the area. The spraying will occur after 9 p.m. in an area north of 72nd Street, including part of Central Park, Harlem and Hamilton Heights, as shown in the map below. If it rains, the spraying will occur on Sept. 4.
The pesticide being used is called Anvil 10+10.
“The risks of pesticides applied by the Health Department for mosquito control are low to people and pets,” the Health Department says in a notice. Nonetheless, the city offers some advice for people concerned about being exposed to the pesticides.
But Christine, who sent the flyer below, says that the pesticides are dangerous.
“Not sure (1) why they are doing it at end of summer. Should have been earlier if they are trying to “save” people from mosquito-borne disease, and (2) why they are doing it at all. I had a terrible reaction to Anvil spraying in Central Park years ago, when it was supposed to be “safe” more than 24 hours after spraying. It is a nerve gas poison. Why do we keep killing ourselves in the name of progress???”