The city will continue spraying pesticides on Brooklyn neighborhoods tomorrow, August 25, when Coney Island, Gravesend and Bath Beach get a nice dousing, starting at 8 p.m. and lasting until six in the morning, the Home Reporter reports. The action is a preventative measure: while few people in New York State have been infected with the potentially deadly virus, it has been found among our mosquito populations. The recent weeks of rain can’t have helped, as pools of standing water are a mosquito’s favorite hangout. (Anecdotally, I have noticed many more mosquitoes during this time around my own home.)
So now, instead of dying quickly from West Nile, we can all die a slow death from cancer and exposure to hazardous contaminants.
The city’s preferred brand, Anvil, has ingredients that are known or suspected carcinogens. And, of course, it’s a fucking poison, so you don’t want to be anywhere near it; as we reported when our department of health did this to Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park, it’s recommended you close your windows and leave your air conditioners off, that you don’t leave anything outside (like clothes, toys, or pets), and that you wash with soap anything (like clothes, toys, or pets) that could have come into contact with the chemical toxins.
The rain date for this poison party is Monday the 29th.