County to spray for mosquito larvae Thursday


Five locations across Southold Town will be treated for mosquito larvae Thursday, county officials announced.

Great Hog Neck, Pine Neck Creek, and Pipes Cove in Southold; Kerwin Boulevard in Greenport; and New Suffolk will all 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.

Five locations in Riverhead Town and Flanders will also be sprayed:  Indian Island in Riverhead, Overlook, Crescent Duck Farm, and Aquebogue Farm in Aquebogue, Iron Point in Flanders and Millar Farm in Jamesport.

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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