Health Department Will Spray Harlem and East Harlem for Mosquitoes Next Week

Mosquitos carrying the West Nile virus were found in Staten Island, according to the Department of Health.

Health Department trucks will spray pesticides in Harlem and East Harlem on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.

In the event of bad weather, spraying will take place on Sept. 19.

The Health Department will also spray the area:

  • Bordered by Spuyten Duyvil Creek to the North;
  • Harlem River, East 102 Street, Park Avenue to the East;
  • West and East 57 Streets to the South;
  • Hudson River to the West.

Throughout the duration of the spraying, the Health Department will use very low concentrations of Anvil® 10+10, Duet®. The risks of pesticides are low to people and pets, but 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.

The Health Department encourages New York City residents to mosquito-proof their homes and take precautions when spending time outdoors, and reminds them that the best way to control mosquitoes is to eliminate any standing water. Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under three), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.

New Yorkers are encouraged to eliminate any standing water from your home and make sure your gutters are clean and draining properly. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs and should be empty or covered if not in use, and drain water that collects in pool covers. Make sure windows in your home have screens, and replace any damaged or ripped screens.

For more information about West Nile virus, call 311 or visit

New Food Baazar Has Opened

East Harlem’s Triangle now has a new supermarket. Food Bazaar has opened up at the corner of 3rd and 125th Street. Take the escalator up and check out the introductory deals.