Aerial mosquito spraying set for Suffolk

An undated file photo of a mosquito. An undated file photo of a mosquito. Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Suffolk County Tuesday plans to spray pesticides in two Fire Island neighborhoods to reduce adult and larval mosquito populations, and will use helicopters to spray numerous marshes in Southold, Riverhead, Islip, Southampton, East Hampton, Brookhaven and Babylon.

Weather permitting, the county health department will spray the pesticide sumithrin in Davis Park and Point O'Woods on Fire Island from 6 to 10 p.m. to eliminate adult mosquitoes.

The county will carry out low-altitude spraying of large-droplet methoprene from 5 to 8 p.m. to control mosquito larva.

"No precautions are recommended to prepare for this spraying," the department said, because the helicopter will "fly at a very low level over marsh areas." Other precautions will be taken to control drift, the county said in a statement. "Human exposure from this operation is unlikely and the products involved have no significant human toxicity."

Helicopters will spray methoprene in the following communities:

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Babylon Town, in Sore Thumb, Oak Beach, Gilgo, West Gilgo, Cedar Beach, and Oak Island.

Islip Town, at Robert Moses Coast Guard Station, Clam Pond, Gardiner Park, Heckscher State Park and Pepperidge Hall.

Brookhaven Town, on Pine Neck Avenue, Bellport Bay, Fireplace Neck, Smith Point North, Johns Neck Creek and Mastic Beach.

Southampton Town, in North Sea and Meadow Lane.

East Hampton Town, in Napeague.

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Riverhead Town, in Indian Island, Crescent Duck Farm, Aquebogue Farm and Millar Farm.

Southold Town, in New Suffolk, Great Hog Neck, Kerwin Boulevard, Pipes Neck Creek and Pipes Cove.

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