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Nassau health officials teach mosquito control

Nassau County Health and Public Works department officials have announced an updated mosquito prevention plan, which takes into account mosquito species that are new to the area while weighing the risk of spraying against the dangers of disease-carrying mosquitoes.

County Health Commissioner Dr. Larry Eisenstein also told legislators at a public hearing on the issue at county headquarters in Mineola that he and other officials will soon begin holding informational forums around Nassau on the issue.

“Use mosquito sprays when needed; put away toys that are sitting outside with water in them; keep bushes trimmed and gutters cleaned,” Eisenstein said. “We recommend not keeping bird feeders filled with water.”

Eisenstein said that climate factors, including too mild a winter to kill many mosquitoes, excessive rain, and the heat could potentially make for a bad mosquito season. He also pointed out that West Nile virus has been identified in Nassau County every year since 2005, and now is considered “endemic.”

In Nassau, mosquito spraying is always done at night.

Eisenstein said it takes seven days to breed mosquitoes in standing water. “So if you go home .?.?. and dump the small amounts of standing water in your cans to be recycled, you can really make a big dent in the mosquito population,” he said.

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