2016-07-21 / Front Page

County set to spray marshes beginning tomorrow

The S.C. Department of Public Works’ Division of Vector Control plans to treat salt marshes by helicopter to control mosquito larvae.  The work is scheduled for tomorrow and Tuesday, and should weather conditions prevent completion of the work, it will be continued on the next suitable day.

Work will be done between 5 a.m.  and  8 p.m. No locations in Babylon are planned but in Islip Scully, Islip Preserve, Timber Point,Heckscher State Park and Idle Hour marshes are scheduled.

A low altitude, large droplet liquid application is planned using VectoBac 12AS Liquid Concentrate (Bti – Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) and Altosid Liquid Larvicide Concentrate (Methoprene)

The products used by Vector Control are registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and are applied in accordance with the required state and federal permits.

No precautions are recommended to prepare for this spraying, as the helicopter will be flying at a very low level over marsh areas and taking other precautions to control drift into inhabited areas. Human exposure from this operation is unlikely and the products involved have no significant human toxicity.   

For more information, call the Suffolk County Division of Vector Control 631-852-4270. Or for all locations go to: 

http://suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/HealthServices/tabid/132/ctl/details/itemid/5159/mid/907/aerial-larvicide-spraying.aspx

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