Suffolk Treating Town Salt Marshes for Mosquitoes Tuesday

Parts of several salt marshes in Babylon Town, including those at Cedar, Gilgo and Oak Beaches, will again be treated, county health officials say.

The Suffolk County Department of Public Works’ Division of Vector Control plans to treat parts of the following salt marshes in Town to control mosquito larvae on Tuesday, by helicopter, from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

They include those at Oak, Gilgo and Cedar Beaches, as well as Captree.

(See also the table below, as well as the accompanying PDF file for a full list of affected marshes in Suffolk County.)

This was announced by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services on Monday afternoon.

Should weather conditions prevent completion of the work, the will be continued the next suitable day, according to SCDHS officials in a release about the treatment.

The name of the pesticide being applied is altosid liquid concentrate (methoprene), and it'll be applied via a low-altitude, large-droplet liquid application, the release said.

"The products used by Vector Control are 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."

SCDHS officials also said, "No precautions are recommended to prepare for this spraying, as the helicopter will be flying at a very low level over marsh areas and taking other precautions to control drift. Human exposure from this operation is unlikely, and the products involved have no significant human toxicity."

For current and future notices and/or further information:

  • Call the Suffolk County Division of Vector Control at 631-852-4270.
  • Call the Spraying Information Hotline at 631-852-4939.
  • Click here for spray notices.

Town of Babylon

Captree Island West

Sore Thumb

Oak Beach

West Gilgo


Cedar Beach

Oak Island

Ox/Helicopter Island

Gilgo Island

Zenpony August 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM
The town sprayed, we sprayed both the yard and our selves and we still can't sit outside at any time of day or night. This is the worst year I can remember, and I have lived in Lindenhurst for more than 50 years. I think the mosquitoes are immune to the spray. They even bite us while in the cloud of Deet spray.
peach is August 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Same here! Last night as I mowed our back lawn, clouds of mosquitoes were swarming around me.
John Azzara August 21, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Has anyone tried a Flamethrower?? Spraying will not help much. Also you may want to read this: http://www.nospray.org/flyers.shtml It's a bad session because we had a mild winter.


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