County spraying for mosquitoes today

Seven locations across Riverhead, Aquebogue, Jamesport, and Flanders will be treated for mosquito larvae Wednesday, county officials announced.

Pier Avenue and Indian Island in Riverhead, Overlook, Crescent Duck Farm, and Aquebogue Farm in Aquebogue, Iron Point in Flanders, and Millar Farm in Jamesport will all be sprayed with Vectobac 12 AS pesticide by helicopter from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to the Suffolk County Department of Public Works’ Division of Vector Control.

Kerwin Boulevard, Pipes Neck Creek and Pipes Cove in Greenport will also be sprayed.

Residents are unlikely to be exposed to the pesticides and “the products involved have no significant human toxicity,” a press release states.

“It’s all salt-marsh area so it’s not near any residential areas,” said spokesperson Grace Kelly-McGovern.

The pesticide is registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and are applied in accordance with the required state and federal permits, county officials said.

Should weather conditions stop the operation, treatment will continue on the next suitable day. Residents don’t need to take precautions against the pesticide, as the helicopter will be flying at “a very low level” over marsh areas.

For more information, call the Suffolk County Division of Vector Control at (631) 852-4270 or the Spraying Information Hotline (631) 852-4939.

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