Mosquito Spraying Over Accabonac, Napeague

Suffolk County's division of vector control is scheduled to spray mosquito larvicides by helicopter over Napeague and Accabonac Harbors and the Beach Hampton neighborhood in Amagansett, sometime between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. In Southampton Town, spraying is planned over Apacuck Point, Moneybogue Bay, Westhampton Dunes, Dune Road, Meadow Lane, and Iron Point.

The treatments of VectoBac and methoprene are intended to control mosquito larvae.

Should weather conditions prevent the completion of the work, which also includes areas in Babylon, Islip, Brookhaven, Riverhead, and Southold, operations will resume on the next "suitable day," according to the division of vector control.

A press release from the division says that "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 into inhabited areas. Human exposure from this operation is unlikely and the products involved have no significant human toxicity."

However, many residents and environmental groups have called on the county to discontinue its use of methoprene, questioning its effects on nontarget species including lobsters and honeybees.

Residents can get up-to-date information on vector control activities in their area by calling the county's spraying information hotline at 631-852-4270.