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Ground Treatment for West Nile Virus Scheduled for the Five Towns

Areas throughout Nassau County will be sprayed from Aug. 6-15.

Based on the current mosquito trap data and consistent with the 2012 Nassau County Mosquito Control Plan, the Nassau County Departments of Health and Public Works have recommended that localized truck treatment of adulticide continue at targeted areas in the county. This recommendation is based on the persistent presence of West Nile virus and mosquito activity at these locations.

Weather permitting the current schedule for ground treatment by truck is as follows:

Monday, Aug. 6 - 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. – All of Island Park and sections of Barnum Island, Bay Park, East Rockaway, Harbor Isle, Hewlett, Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor, Hewlett Neck, Lynbrook, Oceanside, Rockville Centre, Valley Stream, Woodmere and Woodsburgh. Adulticide application by truck will be conducted and bounded by the following geographical areas:

  • Area 1: All roads in Island Park
  • Area 2: Peninsula Boulevard to Lakeview Avenue on the south, Long Beach Road on the east and Woodmere Boulevard on the west.

Monday, Aug. 13 - 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. – Sections of Cedarhurst, Hewlett Neck, Inwood, Lawrence, Woodmere and Woodsburgh. Adulticide application by truck will be conducted and bounded by the following geographical area:

  • Areas south of Peninsula Boulevard and west of Woodmere Boulevard 

Maps of the areas to be treated can be found on the Department of Health website.

Scourge is a pesticide containing resmethrin and piperonyl butoxide. Resmethrin is a man-made pyrethroid insecticide that can also be found in other pesticide products used indoors and on pets to control ticks and other insects, such as fleas and ants. Piperonyl butoxide does not directly kill insects on its own, but acts to increase the ability of resmethrin to kill insects. These active ingredients are dissolved in a petroleum solvent.

Health Effects: The chance of experiencing any health effects from the use of Scourge to control mosquitoes is quite low. As with any pesticide, individuals may want to reduce or eliminate exposure.

To Reduce Exposure: The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) do not require relocating or taking special precautions during mosquito control treatment. Individuals, especially pregnant women and children, should remain inside during the treatment and for about 30 minutes afterwards. In addition, individuals may minimize exposure by:

  • Keeping windows and doors shut, setting air conditioners to re-circulate if able. Turn window fans off.
  • Keeping children's toys indoors.
  • Keeping pets indoors, as well as their food, water dishes and toys.
  • Covering fishponds during the spray period.

Since the effects of the ground treatment dissipate in a few hours, it is not necessary to wash off outdoor furniture or playground equipment before use, although doing so will not diminish the effectiveness of the pesticide applied. For additional information: Please call the West Nile Virus Treatment Hotline at 1-888-844-8657 or visit the Nassau County Department of Health website.

Michelle I. Jaeger August 03, 2012 at 05:47 PM
How will this affect the concert in Cedarhust Park Tuesday night?
Stephen J. Bronner August 03, 2012 at 05:51 PM
That's an excellent question. Let me call village hall and find out.
Stephen J. Bronner August 06, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Just spoke to the mayor and the concert is still on. The spraying has been delayed a few hours.

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