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Suffolk to spray for mosquitoes Tuesday night

Suffolk County will be spraying for mosquitoes Tuesday,

Suffolk County will be spraying for mosquitoes Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2014. Credit: Science Source Images

Suffolk County is planning to spray for adult mosquitoes Tuesday night, weather permitting, in parts of Fire Island and in some South Shore communities, health officials said.

Ground spraying of streets in the villages of Davis Park and Point O'Woods on Fire Island is to be conducted from 6 to 10 p.m. with the pesticide Anvil, officials said.

Also on Tuesday, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., ground spraying of the pesticide Scourge will be done in Amityville, Copiague, Lindenhurst, North Amityville, North Lindenhurst, West Babylon and East Farmingdale.

The sites to be treated are in "an area bounded on the south by Hoffman Avenue, on the west by Great Neck Road, Albany Avenue and New Highway, on the north by the Southern State Parkway and on the east by Little East Neck Road and Great East Neck Road," health officials said in a news release Monday.

Besides being annoying, some mosquitoes' bites can transmit West Nile virus to people.

The chances of experiencing health effects from the spraying for adult mosquitoes 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.

For details, call Suffolk's spraying information hotline at 631-852-4939 or visit

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