The Suffolk County Department of Public Works announced Wednesday that it will treat sections of East Hampton and Fire Island in an effort to control mosquitos.
On Wednesday, the streets and boardwalks will be sprayed in Ocean Bay Park, Ocean Beach, and Seaview on Fire Island between 5 and 10 p.m. On Thursday, the county will be doing ground spraying in the Fire Island Pines, Water Island, Summer Club, and Atlantique on Fire Island between 5 and 10 p.m.
Then on Friday, between 5 and 7 a.m., there will be spraying on all campground roads in Cedar Point County Park in East Hampton.
The department will be using the pesticide Anvil in each application. It does not “leave significant residues on surfaces, but exposure can be reduced even further” by picking homegrown fruits and vegetables you expect to eat soon before the spraying takes place, the department said. “Bring laundry and small toys inside before spraying begins. (Wash with detergent and water if exposed to pesticides during spraying.) Bring pet food and water dishes inside, and cover ornamental fishponds during the spray period to avoid direct exposure.”
Those needing more information can contact the Suffolk County Division of Vector Control at 631-852-4270 or the Spraying Information Hotline at 631-852-4939.
The Public Works Department has said that children and pregnant women should avoid exposure.
“If possible, remain inside or avoid the area whenever spraying takes place and for about 30 minutes after spraying. Close windows and doors and close the vents of window air-conditioning units to circulate indoor air or, before spraying begins, turn them off. Windows and air-conditioning vents can be reopened about 30 minutes after spraying.”
Further, it said, “If you come in direct contact with pesticide spray, protect your eyes. If you get pesticide spray in your eyes, immediately rinse them with water. Wash exposed skin. Wash clothes that come in direct contact with spray separately from other laundry. Consult your health care provider if you think you are experiencing health effects from spraying."