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Don't panic, but NYC will be spraying insecticide near you tonight

Written by
Will Sabel Courtney

So, picture this: you're sitting at home tonight, watching night two of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (hey, the first one was pretty good!), airing out your apartment after the last God-knows-how-many days of heat and humidity, when you hear a voice over a loudspeaker down on the street, getting closer and closer. "STAY IN YOUR HOMES! DO NOT GO OUTSIDE! CLOSE YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS!"


Calm down. It's not the zombie apocalypse. It's just the dependable ol' City of New York, spraying down parts of town with mosquito-killing insecticide to fight the spread of West Nile Virus. 

Although NYC has only seen one confirmed human case of the virus this year, the city reports seeing "high mosquito populations" and "rising West Nile virus activity" in Central Park, Prospect Park, and other areas with high concentrations of skeeters. So the Department of Health and Mental Hygene's trucks will be driving around between 8:30pm–6am tonight, spraying low concentrations of a pesticide known as Anvil 10+10. The DOH says Anvil doesn't pose any threat to human health, but just to be safe, they're warning residents of affected neighborhoods to stay indoors, close up their windows and the vents on their air-conditioners, and bring children's toys inside. (We've included a list of all the affected neighborhoods at the end of this post.)

That said, consider this crisis an opportunity—to have some fun indoors this evening. For example, you could:

Have a dance party.


Work out on the treadmill.


Practice your musical instrument of choice.


Kick back with a cold beer.


Spend hours watching YouTube videos of pets falling over.


Spend some sexy time with your special someone.


Re-watch The X-Files.


Affected Neighborhoods:

Manhattan: Parts of East Harlem, Harlem, Lincoln Square, Manhattan Valley, Morningside Heights, and Upper West Side (Zip codes 10023, 10024, 10025, 10026, 10027, and 10035)

Brooklyn: Parts of Crown Heights, Greenwood Heights, Kensington, Park Slope, Prospect Lefferts Garden, Prospect Heights, Prospect Park South, Sunset Park, and Windsor Terrace (Zip codes 11215, 11217, 11218, 11219, 11220, 11225, 11226, 11232, and 11238)

Staten Island: Parts of Arden Heights, Charleston, Fresh Kills, Greenridge, Hugenot, Pleasant Plains, Port Mobil, Princes Bay, Rossville, Sandy Ground, and Woodrow (Zip codes 10309, 10312, and 10314)

For more information, check out the Department of Health's website here.

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