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Suffolk to spray for mosquitoes Saturday morning

Suffolk County has scheduled ground spraying of a pesticide to control mosquitoes on Saturday morning, weather permitting, county health officials said.

Spraying of the pesticide Anvil is planned for West Sayville Golf Course from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., for all streets in West Gilgo Beach from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., and for areas of Amityville and Copiague from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

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 by staying clear of the area during spraying and at least 30 minutes after it.

Among the protective measures the department suggests are closing doors, windows and air-conditioning vents before the spraying and keeping them closed until 30 minutes after the spraying is complete.

Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying — their bites can transmit West Nile virus to people. The type of mosquito that transmits the Zika virus 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 means getting rid of water that has collected 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.

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