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Fire Island to begin ground spray mosquito treatments

FIRE ISLAND, NY – The Suffolk County Department of Public Works plans to treat sections of Fire Island this week, as part of its ongoing annual effort to control mosquito populations.

The department announced that beginning Tuesday evening, the following communities will receive vector control:

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  • Treatment time: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Approximate Location(s): Fire Island Pines, Water Island, Summer Club and Atlantic on Fire Island
  • Sites to be treated: – All community streets and walkways.
  • Treatment Method: Ground Spray – Ultra Low Volume Aerosol
  • Pesticide Name: Anvil (sumithrin)

The chances of experiencing any health effects from the spray are quite low, the department said.

However, residents are encouraged to take precautions to reduce possible exposure to pesticides before, during or after spraying.

If possible, stay indoors or avoid the area whenever spraying and for about 30 minutes after spraying. Close windows and doors and turn off window air conditioner vents to circulate indoor air or, before spraying begins, turn them off.

Windows and air conditioning vents can be reopened about 30 minutes after spraying, the department said. If you come into direct contact with sprayed pesticides, protect your eyes.

Children and pregnant women should take special care to avoid exposure.

If you get pesticide spray in your eyes, flush them out immediately with water. Wash exposed skin and clothing that comes into direct contact with the spray separately from other laundry. Residents should consult their health care providers if they suspect the spray is affecting their health.

The materials used by Vector Control do not leave significant residue on surfaces, the department said, but exposure can be further reduced.

If you have home grown fruits and vegetables, be sure to pick them before spraying. Rinse home-grown fruits and vegetables (in fact all produce) thoroughly with water before cooking or eating them.

Bring laundry and small toys indoors before spraying begins and wash them with detergent and water if exposed to pesticides during spraying.

Residents should also bring pet food and water dishes indoors and cover ornamental fish ponds during the spray season to avoid direct exposure, the department said.

For current and future advisories and/or further information, residents may call the Suffolk County Vector Control Division at 631-852-4270, the Spray Information Hotline at 631-852-4939 , Where Click here for spray advisories.