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Mosquito spraying planned for Fire Island on Tuesday

Suffolk plans to spray areas on Fire Island

Suffolk plans to spray areas on Fire Island Thursday night, July 17, 2014, to control the adult mosquito population, county health officials said. Photo Credit: Science Source Images

Suffolk County is planning ground spraying for adult mosquitoes Tuesday on Fire Island, weather permitting, health officials said.

Streets in the villages of Davis Park and Point O'Woods are to be sprayed from 6 to 10 p.m. with the pesticide Anvil, officials said.

Besides being annoying, some mosquitoes' bites can transmit West Nile virus to people.

The chances of experiencing health effects from the ground spraying are "quite low," the health department said, but children and pregnant women should avoid exposure if possible by staying clear of the area during spraying and at least 30 minutes after.

Among the "common-sense steps" the department suggests are closing doors, windows and air-conditioning vents during spraying and 30 minutes after.

For details, call Suffolk's spraying information hotline at 631-852-4939 or visit nwsdy.li/spraying.

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