Mosquito spraying set for some Suffolk salt marshes

Suffolk County plans to conduct its first ground Suffolk County plans to conduct its first ground spraying of the season on Fire Island to control the adult mosquito population, health officials said. Photo Credit: Science Source Images

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Parts of some Suffolk County salt marshes will be treated with pesticide Tuesday from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting, with an eye toward controlling mosquito larvae, the county health department said.

Precautions are not necessary, health officials said, as "the helicopter will be flying at a very low level over marsh areas and taking other precautions to control airborne drift into inhabited areas."

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Pesticides being used -- in this case, Vectobac 12AS and Altosid liquid -- "have no significant human toxicity," officials said.

The marshes are located in areas of the towns of Islip, Brookhaven, East Hampton, Southampton, Southold, Riverhead and Babylon.

To learn more, go to suffolkcountyny.gov/departments/healthservices.aspx.

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