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Suffolk County to Spray for Mosquitos in Southampton and East Hampton

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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.

Tick Control Services

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It would be nice if all the ticks would disappear at the end of the month of May, which also happens to be Lyme Disease Awareness Month, but that is not going to happen.

But Brian Kelly, the owner of East End Tick & Mosquito Control at 214 North Sea Road in Southampton, said steps can be taken to decrease the number of tick-related illness on the East End.

“It seems that the polar vortex and freezing temperatures did not kill off the ticks as many had hoped,” Mr. Kelly said in a press release. “I have flagged for ticks a few times over the past weeks and the population has not decreased.”

He advises clients to set up a schedule as early as possible to treat their property to reduce the incidence of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

East End Tick & Mosquito can be reached at (631) 287-9700, 324-9700 or 765-9700.