Ground spraying to control adult mosquito populations has been scheduled for Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., weather permitting, in Ocean Bay Park, Seaview and Ocean Beach on Fire Island, Suffolk County health officials said. The pesticide Anvil is to be used.
The pesticide applications are designed to limit the development of mosquitoes, which through bites can spread the West Nile virus.
Already announced is Tuesday night's ground spraying of Anvil in parts of Davis Park and Point O'Woods on Fire Island from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., weather permitting, health officials said. Ground spraying using the pesticide Scourge also will be performed Tuesday in Beach Hampton and Napeague between 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., also weather permitting.
Chances of experiencing medical problems because of the applications are low, health officials said, but residents may want to avoid exposure, with children and pregnant women especially advised to stay indoors during and 30 minutes after the sprays.
Last year ranked as the second-worst in U.S. West Nile virus cases since the disease was first detected in the United States in 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Nassau and Suffolk counties each reported 14 human cases last year, including one Nassau death.
More spraying information is available through the Suffolk County Division of Vector Control at 631-852-4270, the county's spraying information hotline at 631-852-4939 or by visiting www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/HealthServices/PublicHealth/PreventiveServices/PesticideApplicationNotification.aspx.