Mosquito samples taken in Southold, Jamesport and Aquebogue tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Suffolk County Health Department. The samples — collected between Aug. 13 and Aug. 19 — were among 18 to test positive across Suffolk County. READ
A mosquito sample in Southold tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Suffolk County Health Department. The sample was one of 19 to test positive across Suffolk County. READ
In April 1916, New York State approved a law allowing each town in Suffolk County to create a special district for the purpose of exterminating mosquitoes.
Three locations in Greenport will be treated for mosquito larvae Wednesday, county officials announced.
Kerwin Boulevard, Pipes Neck Creek and Pipes Cove in Greenport 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’ Division of Vector Control.
Seven locations across Riverhead, Aquebogue, Jamesport, and Flanders will also be sprayed.
Residents are unlikely to be exposed to the pesticides and “the products involved have no significant human toxicity,” a press release states.
“It’s all salt-marsh area so it’s not near any residential areas,” said spokesperson Grace Kelly-McGovern.
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.