Suffolk County to Spray for Mosquitos in Southampton and East Hampton

Posted on 07 July 2014

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Salt marshes throughout Suffolk County will be sprayed with pesticides by helicopter to control mosquito larvae on Tuesday, July 8.

The Suffolk County Department of Public Works’ Division of Vector Control plan to use large droplet, low altitude application of BTI and Methoprene between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. tomorrow. A press release from the Suffolk County Department of Health named the marshes that will be sprayed tomorrow. In Southampton Town: Stokes Poges, Jagger Lane, Moneybogue Bay, Westhampton Dunes, Meadow Lane, Iron Point and North Sea.

In East Hampton Town Napeague, Beach Hampton and Accabonac Harbor will all be sprayed with larvicides.

The Suffolk County Department of Health wrote that no precautions were recommended for this spray, as the helicopters will be flying low and avoiding inhabited areas: “Human exposure from this operation is unlikely and the products involved have no significant human toxicity,” according to the release.

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman introduced a bill last year that would restrict the use of Methoprene, a larvicide that has been linked to killing lobsters. Mr. Schneiderman continues to seek support for this bill; similar laws have been passed in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

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One Response to “Suffolk County to Spray for Mosquitos in Southampton and East Hampton”

  1. Hello,
    regarding Accabonac Harbor spraying I have observed time and again helicopters spraying when the beach is full of bathers and kids. Because of the limited scale of the harbor spraying gets very close to people sometimes right on top of some swimmers or canoe users.
    Mean time I haven’t seen one praying mantis or even a butterfly or a honey bee flying over my garden, I think we are harming Nature seriously including ourselves with the spraying of poisons on a regular basis.


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