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Mosquito spraying set Wednesday on Fire Island

An Asian Tiger Mosquito feeds on a human blood

An Asian Tiger Mosquito feeds on a human blood meal. Photo Credit: Science Source Images

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

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

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services said ground spraying will cover all streets in the villages of Ocean Bay Park, Seaview and Ocean Beach on Fire Island from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, weather permitting.

On Tuesday, again from 6 to 10 p.m., applications were previously scheduled for Davis Park and Point O'Woods on Fire Island, weather permitting.

Chances of experiencing medical problems from 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 county's Division of Vector Control at 631-852-4270, spraying information hotline at 631-852-4939 and at suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/HealthServices/PublicHealth/PreventiveServices/PesticideApplicationNotification.aspx.

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