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Parts of Brookhaven, Babylon, Fire Island to be sprayed for mosquitoes

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito acquires a blood

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito acquires a blood meal on the arm of a researcher at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo's University in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Jan. 18, 2016. Credit: AP

Communities on Fire Island, parts of Brookhaven and Babylon Town are scheduled to be sprayed Thursday for adult mosquito control.

Weather permitting, all streets in Fire Island Pines, Summer Club, Atlantique and Water Island on Fire Island will be sprayed with a pesticide called anvil (sumithrin) using an ultra low volume aerosol, a ground spraying method, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., according to a notice issued by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.

From 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., streets east of River Road to William Floyd Parkway, south of the Long Island Expressway to Neighborhood Road in Shirley & North Shirley, and all streets at Oak Beach and Captree Island are set to be ground-sprayed using Duet (sumithrin and prallethrin).

Simultaneously, all streets in Gilgo, West Gilgo and Babylon Town Cedar Beach Park Golf Course will be sprayed from the ground with anvil.

The chances of experiencing any health effects from the spraying “are quite low,” the health department said, and residents in these areas should take “common sense steps” to reduce possible exposure to the pesticides before, during and after the application, including closing windows, doors and vents of all air conditioning units until 30 minutes after spraying is concluded.

Women who are pregnant as well as children should remain indoors or avoid the areas where pesticides are applied for about 30 minutes after spraying.

While the materials used do not leave significant residues on surfaces, picking homegrown fruits and vegetables you expect to eat soon should be done before the spraying takes place to further reduce any exposure risk. Also, bring all pet food and water dishes inside and cover ornamental fishponds during spray times.

For further information as well as current and further notices, contact the Suffolk County Division of Vector Control at 631-852-4270 or the Spraying Information Hotline at 631-852-4939, or visit the health department page at


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