Pesticide spraying scheduled in some Suffolk salt marshes Tuesday

A mosquito, a carrier for the potentially lethal

A mosquito, a carrier for the potentially lethal West Nile virus. (Credit: Getty Images)

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."

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


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

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

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