Aerial larvicide applications are planned for marshes in Riverhead, Southold and Southampton towns this week.
The county’s vector control division plans to treat parts of the numerous marshes across the county Thursday and Friday to control mosquito larvae, the Department of Health announced Wednesday afternoon. Low altitude application of VectoPrime and Altosid liquid concentrate will be made by helicopter, the health department said in a press release. “Should weather conditions prevent completion of the work, it will be continued on the next suitable day,” the release said.
Application will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 26 and 27 in certain marshes in the towns of Babylon, Brookhaven, East Hampton, Islip, Southampton, Southold and Riverhead. The full list of locations appears below.
Local marshes slated for treatment this week include Indian Island, Overlook, Aquebogue Farm and Millar Farm in Aquebogue, Pier Avenue in Northville and Iron Point in Flanders.
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 said. Human exposure from this operation is unlikely and the products involved have no significant human toxicity, according to the health department.
For more information, visit the Suffolk County DPW Vector Control website.
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