New York City residents earlier this week encountered trucks blaring dystopian messages rolling through specific neighborhoods.

“Go indoors immediately until the trucks have passed. The city is applying pesticide to reduce the threat of the West Nile Virus,” the trucks announced.

Multiple social media accounts shared footage of the trucks spraying pesticides.

WLTReport noted:

New York City-based comedian Tyler Fischer posted a video late Tuesday night asking if others in the Big Apple had their house sprayed with pesticides.

“Does anybody live in New York City and did you just have your house sprayed with pesticides?” he asked.


“I was in my living room. My windows are open. These trucks come by. They’re making these dystopian announcements. ‘Run inside. Get inside,’” he explained.

Fischer showed footage of the trucks making dystopian announcements about pesticide application and spraying the neighborhood.

“It’s going right in my windows,” Fischer said.

“NYC just sprayed chemicals into my house at 10:30pm with NO warning!” Fischer wrote.


“NYC (and other major cities, like Sacramento) have an active and repetitive west nile mosquito control program where they drive through boroughs like Brooklyn and Queens, and they indiscriminately spray pesticides into the air from trucks on the street. You barely get a warning to go inside your home, and if you’re on the street or have a window open, you are going to get doused with it,” X account Inversionism wrote.

“There was a scheduled spraying last night in Brooklyn that several people on my feed have posted about, and there will be another tomorrow in Brooklyn and Queens.”

Watch additional footage of the pesticide application:

Chief Nerd shared what type of pesticide the New York City Health Department doused in the residential neighborhood.

From BK Reader:

The New York City Health Department will be conducting an adulticide mosquito treatment in Brooklyn. To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, trucks will spray pesticides in sections of Brooklyn beginning on Thursday, August 31, 2023 between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. the following morning.

The Health Department will be using very low concentrations of Anvil 10+10, Duet or MERUS 3.0. The risks of pesticides applied by the Health Department for mosquito control are low to both people and pets. 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 temporarily affected.

“After some research today I can already tell you that what they are spraying is documented to be an endocrine disrupting chemical, and is documented to be toxic to bees and fish,” X account Last American Vagabond stated.

“Spraying pesticides in residential areas for the ‘threat of mosquito-borne diseases’ isn’t a new program and has actively taken place around the United States,” WLTReport stated.

“One notorious example of pesticide spraying in the United States is the use of DDT by the ‘Office of Malaria Control in War Areas,’ the CDC’s predecessor,” the outlet added.

Per the CDC:

CDC’s predecessor, the Office of Malaria Control in War Areas, had been established in 1942 to limit the impact of malaria and other vector-borne diseases (such as murine typhus) during World War II around military training bases in the southern United States and its territories, where malaria was still problematic. The center was located in Atlanta (rather than Washington, DC) because the South was the area of the country with the most malaria transmission.

These efforts were so successful that at the end of the war and at the founding of CDC, one of the initial tasks was to oversee the completion of the elimination of malaria as a major public health problem.

The National Malaria Eradication Program was a cooperative undertaking by state and local health agencies of 13 southeastern states and the Communicable Disease Center of the U. S. Public Health Service, originally proposed by Dr. L. L. Williams. The program commenced operations on July 1, 1947. It consisted primarily of DDT application to the interior surfaces of rural homes or entire premises in counties where malaria was reported to have been prevalent in recent years. By the end of 1949, more than 4,650,000 house spray applications had been made. It also included drainage, removal of mosquito breeding sites, and spraying (occasionally from aircrafts) of insecticides. Total elimination of transmission was slowly achieved. In 1949, the country was declared free of malaria as a significant public health problem. By 1951, CDC gradually withdrew from active participation in the operational phases of the program and shifted its interest to surveillance, and in 1952, CDC participation in operations ceased altogether.

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