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Suffolk County vector control will apply aerial larvicide to locations in Riverhead, Southampton and Southold towns this week, the office of the county health commissioner has announced.

Marshes at Iron Point in Flanders, Overlook and Aquebogue Farm in Aquebogue , Pier Avenue in Riverhead and Pipes Cove in Southold will be sprayed at during the early morning hours with VectoPrime FG (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) and Altosid Liquid Larvicide Concentrate (Methoprene).

The application will take place from 6 to 8 a.m. July 16 through 18, the health department said in a press release this afternoon, when it updated a notice sent out on Friday, adding the locations in Riverhead, Southampton and Southold.

“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,” the health department press release says. “Human exposure from this operation is unlikely and the products involved have no significant human toxicity.”

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, according to the agency.

For current and future notices and/or further information: Suffolk County Division of Vector Control 631-852-4270 or visit the division’s website.  

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