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Mosquito Spraying Reset for Thursday Night

Suffolk County's aerial pesticide application for Lindenhurst, West Babylon, Copiague and Amityville will now take place August 2.

Suffolk County has rescheduled its aerial pesticide application for much of Town, including Lindenhurst, West Babylon, Amityville and Copiague.

The spraying for mosquitoes will take place on Thursday night according to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.

The application of the pesticide - an ultra-low volume aerosol called resmethrin (Scourge), according to SCDHS - will be applied via aircraft on starting at 7:30 p.m.

It's expected to last until 11:30 p.m., the SCDHS said.

The spraying will happen on all streets in an area bounded on the South by Montauk Highway, on the West by Broadway and Route 110, on the North by the Southern State Parkway and on the East by Little East Neck Road, officials noted.

Precautions
The health agency said the chances of experiencing health effects from spraying are low, but advised residents to take precautions and extra steps to avoid exposure before, during or after the aerial spraying.

The SCDHS recommended residents of these areas to do the following:

  • Children and pregnant women should avoid any exposure.
  • All people should remain indoors until 30 minutes after spraying has finished.
  • Close windows and air vents to your home to avoid pesticides from being sucked indoors.
  • Pick any homegrown fruits or vegetables before spraying and rinse thoroughly.
  • Bring pet dishes such as bowls indoors during the spraying, and cover any fish ponds.
  • If you do come into contact with pesticide, then wash area thoroughly with water.

Further questions could be directed to the Suffolk County Division of Vector Control at 631-852-4270 or the Spraying Information Hotline at 631-852-4939.

West Nile in the Area
This comes after the County a aerial pesticide application on , July 30. This application for this inland area after mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile virus in and earlier in July.

These samples are now part of 77 mosquito samples and eight birds that have tested positive for the virus to date, according to the SCDHS.

No equine cases have been reported; however, New York state is currently investigating one human case that's being considered as probable for West Nile virus.

The individual, said the SCDHS, was hospitalized for several days and has fully recovered. Confirmation of West Nile virus will be dependent on the results of further testing, health officials said.

 

 

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Vincent Santangelo August 01, 2012 at 09:36 PM
WAKE UP PEOPLE! THIS CHEMICAL IS LINKED TO BEING CARCINOGENIC!! Why are we letting these officials get away with this?? Whats going on here?? My dogs have been coughing all day after the Babylon Village spraying. This is sooooo messed up. Sunday 29 July, there was a zillions insects flying around my back porch light that night.. on the evening of Tuesday 31 July, not one insect.. no moth.. spider..mosquito.. nothing.. nada. Its documented by the US EPA that this chemical resmethrin is "likely carcinogenic to humans". http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/ResTech.pdf
Vincent Santangelo August 01, 2012 at 09:40 PM
i AGREE WITH YOU KURT! I don't understand how we are allowing this?? The US EPA has reported that there is possibility of resmethrin being carcinogenic to humans...http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/ResTech.pdf
Vincent Santangelo August 01, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Folks.. Just read what the US EPA has to say about the chemical Resmethrin that is being poured all over you and your children pets and home..... just read it.. if the link doesn't activate here.. copy and paste in your browser. http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/ResTech.pdf
fedup August 03, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Local govt treating us like white trash which is the image some south shore towns always face! Shame on our govt officials for spraying poison..... I hold Bellone accountable to this!
David August 03, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Get real. I'm sure gov't officials aren't trying to poison us. Mosquitoes are vicious this year. Hopefully this will help. And for you organic people out there you should be more worried about the chemicals in your dirt from 100 years of toxic dumping and the chemicals in the air from the dumps off Edison ave. Just take a drive by and see how big it has grown. Wake up!!!

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