Mosquito larvae spraying set for Tuesday

08/05/2013 5:17 PM |


Great Hog Neck in Southold Town will be treated for mosquito larvae Tuesday, county officials announced.

The area will be sprayed with Vectobac 12 AS pesticide by helicopter from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to the Suffolk County Department of Public Works.

Four locations in Riverhead Town — Indian Island in Riverhead, Crescent Duck Farm and Aquebogue Farm in Aquebogue, and Millar Farm in Jamesport — will also be treated.

Residents on the North Fork are unlikely to be exposed to the pesticides, which “have no significant human toxicity,” a press release states. Health department officials said the places being sprayed are salt marshes not near residential areas.

The pesticide is registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and are applied in accordance with the required state and federal permits, county officials said.

Should weather conditions stop the operation, treatment will continue on the next suitable day. Residents don’t need to take precautions against the pesticide, as the helicopter will be flying at “a very low level” over marsh areas.

For more information, call the Suffolk County Division of Vector Control at (631) 852-4270 or the Spraying Information Hotline (631) 852-4939.

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