Last summer, a homeowner in the Nassau Point section of Cutchogue did everything he could to protect himself from contracting a tick-borne illness. He sprayed his lawn with repellent three times and cleared his property of the brush and leaves so attractive to the bloodsucking arachnids. READ
A mosquito sample taken in Riverhead tested positive for the West Nile Virus, Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James L. Tomarken announced today. READ
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Reeves Beach was found to be safe for swimming after the nearby beach at the 4-H Camp revealed high levels of bacteria.
The Suffolk County Health Department declared Iron Pier Beach and Reeves Beach cleared for swimming after the nearby beach at the Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp tested for high levels of bacteria yesterday.
Officials tested nearby beaches yesterday and today and found no threat, Riverhead Town recreation program planner Tom Filgate said.
The beach at the 4-H Camp along Long Island Sound remains the only beach closed.
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High levels of bacteria detected at the Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp in Baiting Hollow has forced the Suffolk County Department of Health to close the beach.
Officials said the beach will remain closed until testing reveals water quality is acceptable.
The bacteria enterococci, associated with runoff, was detected at the beach, according to the Department of Health.
The beach will likely be sampled daily in an effort to reopen it as soon as possible, according to a release.
For the latest information on affected beaches, call the bathing beach hotline at 852-5822 or contact the Office of Ecology at 852-5760.
TIM KELLY PHOTO | The county will be spraying for mosquitoes again Tuesday morning.
The Suffolk County Department of Public Works plans to spray portions of 10 North Fork salt marshes by helicopter Tuesday, in an attempt to control mosquito larvae there.
The spraying, which will also take place in Brookhaven and Southampton Towns, will begin at 5 a.m. and continue until 8 p.m.
The spraying will be a low-altitude, large drop liquid application of Altosid liquid concentrate (methoprene), county officials said.
The following is a list of locations where spraying will occur in Riverhead and Southold towns:
Town of Riverhead
Crescent Duck Farm
Town of Southold
Great Hog Neck
Pipes Neck Creek