Ground spraying to control adult mosquito populations on parts of Fire Island and in Oak Beach is scheduled for Tuesday, Suffolk County health officials said.

The pesticide applications are designed to limit the development of mosquitoes, which through bites can spread the West Nile virus.

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services said ground spraying will cover parts of Davis Park, Ocean Bay Park and Point O'Woods on Fire Island and Cedar Beach Golf Course in Babylon Town from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., weather permitting.

Ground spraying also will be performed at Oak Beach, between 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Chances of experiencing medical problems because of the applications are low, health officials said, but residents may want to avoid exposure, with children and pregnant women especially advised to stay indoors during the treatment and for 30 minutes after.

More information is available through the Suffolk County Division of Vector Control at 631-852-4270, the county's spraying information hotline at 631-852-4939 or by visiting

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