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Second Round of West Nile Virus Spraying Scheduled for Aug. 15

Pesticide will be applied to areas of Malverne, Lynbrook and West Hempstead.

Nassau County trucks will be back in Malverne, West Hempstead, Lynbrook and surrounding areas Wednesday night for a second round of West Nile Virus mosquito treatment.

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

From 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Aug. 15, weather permitting, the trucks will be applying the pesticide, which targets adult mosquitos, in sections of Lynbrook, North Lynbrook, Malverne, Malverne Oaks, and West Hempstead, as well as Bellrose, Bellrose Terrace, Elmont Floral Park, Franklin Square, Garden City, Garden City South, New Hyde Park, North New Hyde Park, Stewart Manor, South Floral Park, Valley Stream and North Valley Stream.

The application will be conducted and bounded by the following geographical area: 

  • Jericho Turnpike on the North
  • Elmont Road on Dutch Broadway to Franklin Avenue on the South
  • Nassau Boulevard to Hempstead Avenue on the East
  • Queens County line to the West

The trucks will be using Scourge, 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.)

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. 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, call the West Nile Virus Treatment Hotline at 1-888-844-8657 on the days that treatment is scheduled between the hours of 9:00 AM through Midnight. You may also visit the Nassau County Department of Health Web site. 

Donna Bekisz August 16, 2012 at 04:18 AM
was the spraying done or has it been postponed for another date because of weather?
Tara Conry (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 04:36 AM
@Donna: I did see a truck out in Lynbrook tonight around 8 p.m. I believe it was done but I will check in the morning and provide an update.
Shally Williams August 16, 2012 at 04:52 AM
They're still spraying around Elmont and Floral Park. Was walking down the street and walked right into it >_<
Paul Johrden August 16, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Are they spraying in Levittown and Wantagh on Thursday 8/16 and if so what time?
Tara Conry (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 03:04 PM
@Donna: They did complete all the spraying that was scheduled in the area for Aug. 15.
Tara Conry (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Paul: Yes, weather permitting, they will be spraying in the following places tonight from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.: Sections of East Massapequa, Massapequa, Massapequa Park, North Massapequa, North Wantagh, Seaford, and Wantagh. Adulticide application by truck will be conducted and bounded by the following geographical areas: Area 1: Southern State Parkway on the North Merrick Road on the South Hicksville Road (Rt 107) to Jerusalem Avenue to the Massapequa Preserve on the East Wantagh State Parkway on the West Area 2: Southern State Parkway on the North Merrick Road on the South County Line Road on the East Cartwright Boulevard to Broadway to Jerusalem Avenue to the Massapequa Preserve on the West Maps of the areas to be treated can be found on the Department of Health web site at: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Health/index.html
Kris August 16, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Is it safe for dogs to be outside?
Steve Platz August 17, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I'm sure some are aware of the research examining the risks for this kind of mosquito control, compared to other less harmful alternatives. I found this (https://www.google.com/search?q=resmethrin+and+piperonyl+butoxide&%7Bgoogle:searchFieldtrialParameter%7Dsourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=resmethrin+and+piperonyl+butoxide+cicada&oq=resmethrin+and+piperonyl+butoxide+cicada&gs_l=serp.3...1897.3506.0.4812.7.7.0.0.0.0.99.564.7.7.0.les%3B..0.0...1c.lLCOBao_AzU&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=75e1f6114f4e8f6&biw=1317&bih=594) information from a quick web search for resmethrin and piperonyl butoxide.
RobinS August 18, 2012 at 11:16 PM
spraying has not been shown to be effective and these chemicals are very harmful to humans, they get into ground water , soil , plants , food. Nassau county has one of the highest breeast cancer rates in the country, we do not need more guessing and incompetence by the local government who have historically sprayed with very harmful chemicals like kerosene . Scourge has kerosene in it and they still claim it is safe, when they knew very well that previous similar methods were stopped for being dangerous to humans. If you think mosquitos are a nuisance, take care of standing water and don't stay out at dusk. the rest of us would like to not have our homes invaded without our permission by dangerous chemicals thank you.

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