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Tuesday ground spraying in Fire Island canceled, more spraying planned for Wednesday

Ground spraying for adult mosquitoes scheduled for Tuesday night in the Fire Island villages of Davis Park and Point O'Woods has been canceled, Suffolk County health officials said.

Spraying is still planned on Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m. of all streets in the Fire Island villages of Ocean Bay Park, Seaview and Ocean Beach using the pesticide Anvil.

Ground spraying is also planned for Wednesday from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. on all Oak Beach streets, other than in areas adjacent to wetlands, officials said. In this case, the pesticide Scourge is to be used.

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

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.

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

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