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Town Salt Marshes to Be Treated for Mosquitoes on Thursday

Parts of several salt marshes in Babylon Town, including those at Cedar, Oak and Gilgo Beaches, will be treated on August 9, say Suffolk health officials.

The Suffolk County Department of Public Works’ Division of Vector Control plans to treat parts of the following salt marshes in Town to control mosquito larvae on Thursday, August 9, by helicopter.

They include those at Gilgo, Cedar and Oak Beaches, as well as Captree.

(See also the table below, as well as the accompanying PDF file for a full list of affected marshes in Suffolk County.)

This was announced by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services on late Wednesday afternoon.

Should weather conditions prevent completion of the work, the will be continued the next suitable day, according to SCDHS officials in a release about the treatment.

"Vector Control will be using the larvicide Vectobac 12As (Bti). This larvicide contains naturally occurring bacteria, and is used throughout the mosquito season to treat mosquito-breeding sites," the release read.

"The product is registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and is applied in accordance with the required state and federal permits."

SCDHS officials also said, "No precautions are recommended to prepare for this spraying, as the helicopter will be flying at a very low level over marsh areas and taking other precautions to control drift. Human exposure from this operation is unlikely, and the products involved have no significant human toxicity."

For current and future notices and/or further information:

  • Call the Suffolk County Division of Vector Control at 631-852-4270.
  • Call the Spraying Information Hotline at 631-852-4939.
  • Click here for spray notices.

Town of Babylon

Captree Island West

Sore Thumb

Oak Beach

West Gilgo

Gilgo

Cedar Beach

Oak Island

Ox/Helicopter Island

Gilgo Island

 

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Tom Gillen August 09, 2012 at 03:44 PM
So then the superintendent gave you the same information and recommendation that this article does
Linda August 09, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Not quite. As I said, "I have great sensitivities to any kind of chemicals, perfumes, household products,etc." The article quotes, "No precautions are recommended to prepare for this spraying, as the helicopter will be flying at a VERY LOW LEVEL over marsh areas and taking other precautions to control drift. Human exposure from this operation is unlikely, and the products involved have no SIGNIFICANT human toxicity." Now that I have found out that not even the Suupervisor of Vector Control knows when they will be spraying at LOW LEVELS out in the marshy areas, the dredge islands, etc. I AM NOT GOING SAILING DUE TO MY SENSITIVITIES. I AM NOT GOING TO CEDAR BEACH OR GILGO BEACH ON THE OCEAN. I PLANNED TO GO SAILING IN THE BAY NEAR THE DREDGE ISLANDS AND MARSHY AREAS BY HEMLOCK COVE AND WITH A SOUTH SW BREEZE OFF THE OCEAN THE DRIFT WOULD GO RIGHT INTO MY BOAT, FACE, LUNGS. I'll go sailing when the dust has settled and spare myself any risks of breathing in a chemical.
Del August 09, 2012 at 05:11 PM
So then this article was a good thing for you? It saved you from potentially inhaling chemicals without you realizing it. I'll say it first, "Thank you for the warning Patch". :)
Vincent Santangelo August 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM
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 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM
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

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