Suffolk County has scheduled ground spraying for Tuesday and Wednesday, with an eye to mosquito control, county health officials said.
Ground spraying using the pesticide Anvil is planned for Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m. for all streets in the Fire Island communities of Ocean Bay Park, Ocean Beach and Seaview.
Also planned for Wednesday, weather permitting, is spraying from 7 to 11:30 p.m. in areas of Brookhaven Hamlet, South Shirley and Mastic Beach, using the pesticide Duet.
As previously reported, ground spraying using the pesticide Anvil is scheduled for Tuesday from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Fire Island communities of Davis Park and Point O’Woods Island.
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.
In addition to being annoying, some mosquitoes’ bites can transmit West Nile virus to people. This year, there is also a concern about Zika virus, which can be transmitted by a certain type of mosquito that has not been found on Long Island.
Health officials say residents can help make areas around their homes unfriendly to mosquitoes by:
•Regularly looking for and eliminating even the smallest amounts of standing water, which is where the insects reproduce. That could include in cans, buckets and other containers, as well as old tires, tarps, pool covers and children’s toys.
•Drilling drainage holes at the bottom of garbage cans, changing birdbath water at least weekly and making sure roof gutters are unclogged and draining properly.
•Adding fish to circulate water in any backyard ponds, and clearing pond edges of debris and vegetation.