The Suffolk County Public Works Department will be spraying at Beach Lane and Napeague in Amagansett on Tuesday evening to control mosquitoes, the County Health Department announced on Monday.
Weather permitting, an “ultra low-volume” aerosol ground spray of Scourge, or resmethrin, will be applied between 7:30 and 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9. In Beach Hampton, the sites to be treated include all streets south of Montauk Highway from Sandpiper Lane to Napeague Lane, excluding wetlands and buffer areas adjacent to the water. On Napeague, they include all streets south of Montauk Highway between Marlin Drive and Dolphin Drive.
The Health Department says the chances of experiencing any health effects from spraying are “quite low,” but recommends several steps to reduce exposure to the pesticide.
Children and pregnant women should avoid exposure when practical, it says, including by staying inside or away from the area while the spraying takes place and for about 30 minutes afterward. Windows and doors should be closed, and air-conditioning vents should be closed or the units turned off before spraying begins.
The department suggests protecting eyes from pesticides and rinsing them immediately if they are exposed, washing skin that has been exposed and washing directly exposed clothing separately from other laundry. It also recommends consulting a health care provider if health problems are suspected.
Although significant residues are not left on surfaces, exposure can be further reduced, the county says, by picking soon-to-be-consumed homegrown fruits and vegetables before spraying and rinsing all produce thoroughly before eating it. Small toys and laundry can be taken indoors as a precautionary step or washed with detergent and water if they are exposed to spraying.
Pet food and water dishes can be taken indoors, and ornamental fishponds covered during spraying.
The Suffolk County Division of Vector Control’s phone number is (631) 852-4270 and its spraying information hotline is (631) 852-4939. Notices of spraying can be found at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/HealthServices/PublicHealth/PreventiveServices/PesticideApplicationNotification.aspx. Those wishing to receive notifications by cellphone, text or email can contact www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/FireRescueandEmergencyServices/OfficeofEmergencyManagement/EmergencyNotificationSystems/CODEREDNOTIFICATION.aspx.