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Mosquito spraying set for Fire Island

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

Davis Park and Point O'Woods are to be sprayed on Tuesday and Ocean Bay Park, Seaview and Ocean Beach on Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m. with the pesticide Anvil, officials said.

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

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 is closing doors, windows and air-conditioning vents during spraying and 30 minutes after.

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

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