Mosquito invasion on the Upper West Side

May 18, 2012 5:33:40 AM PDT
Upper West Side residents says there is a mosquito invasion coming from a fire hydrant and a sewer manhole.

Area resident Stephanie Guilpin says that so far, the bugs are winning, forcing her to have an arsenal of repellants and a fortress for her 8-year-old twins.

"My children were literally getting bitten on a daily basis, " she said. "They are very allergic to bites. They have to take cortisone cream, and they have to go to the pediatrician. We have tried everything."

Dozens of residents packed the Goddard Riverside Community Center Thursday night, demanding answers. They are desperate for a solution.

They say West 84th Street between Riverside Drive and West End Avenue is the epicenter of the plague, with between 100 and 1,000 mosquitos collected each week.

Residents' key questions are what the city is doing, and how long will it take to solve the problem.

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