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Some Queens Residents Call On City To Spray For West Nile Virus

Michael Augugliaro, of Bellerose, holds a mosquito swatter and bug repellents during a rally demanding the city spray for West Nile virus in Eastern Queens. (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Michael Augugliaro, of Bellerose, holds a mosquito swatter and bug repellents during a rally demanding the city spray for West Nile virus in Eastern Queens. (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Residents of eastern Queens are calling on the city to take a more active role in combating West Nile Virus in their neighborhoods.

“We feel like we’ve been left out of the loop,” one Bellerose resident said. “They sprayed in other areas of Queens.”

Sen. Tony Avella said Nassau County has been conducting a series of treatments along the Queens and Nassau County border, which includes the neighborhoods of Bellerose, New Hyde Park, and Floral Park.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports


However, Avella said the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has yet to spray along the Queens side of the border.

“Mosquitoes don’t understand a border,” Avella said. “They don’t understand at all that one side is Nassau and one side is Queens. We should be spraying as well to address this issue.”

Nassau County is scheduled to do another spraying of the area on Thursday. Residents are being advised to stay indoors to reduce the risk of exposure.

So far, the neighborhoods are not on the city’s spraying schedule, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported.