The area scheduled for aerial application of Anvil tomorrow night. Image: Suffolk County health department

The Suffolk County Department of Public Works will spray Anvil in areas of Manorville and Calverton tomorrow, Aug. 30 to control mosquitos.

A county vector control helicopter will apply the pesticide between 7 p.m. and midnight tomorrow, weather permitting, according to a press release issued yesterday evening by the county health department.

The area to be sprayed is from River Road/Grumman Boulevard to South River Road and the Long Island Railroad tracks extending from Princeton Avenue to Railroad Avenue, the health department said.

“The treatments are in response to the confirmation on August 24 that a mosquito sample tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus,” according to the press release.

The health department said “chances of experiencing any health effects from spraying are quite low,” but recommended certain “common sense” precautions to “reduce possible exposure to pesticides before, during or after spraying.”

Precautions recommended by the county:

  • Children and pregnant women should take care to avoid exposure when practical.
  • If possible, remain inside or avoid the area whenever spraying takes place and for about 30 minutes after spraying.
  • Close windows and doors and close the vents of window air-conditioning units to circulate indoor air or, before spraying begins, turn them off.
  • Windows and air-conditioning vents can be reopened about 30 minutes after spraying.
  • If you come in direct contact with pesticide spray, protect your eyes. If you get pesticide spray in your eyes, immediately rinse them with water. Wash exposed skin.
  • Wash clothes that come in direct contact with spray separately from other laundry.

Consult your health care provider if you think you are experiencing health effects from spraying.

The spray will not leave significant residues on surfaces, but exposure can be further reduced as follows:

  • Pick homegrown fruits and vegetables you expect to eat soon before spraying takes place.
  • Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables (in fact all produce) thoroughly with water before cooking or eating.
  • Bring laundry and small toys inside before spraying begins.
  • Wash with detergent and water if exposed to pesticides during spraying.
  • Bring pet food and water dishes inside, and cover ornamental fishponds during the spray period to avoid direct exposure.

If you have questions about Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus, contact the Suffolk County Department of Health Services’ Public Health Hotline: 631-787-2200.

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