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July 27, 2012

Ground Treatment for West Nile Virus to Continue
in Nassau County

Monday and Tuesday July 30th and 31st

Wednesday and Thursday August 1st and 2nd

Uniondale, NY - 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, July 30th, 7 PM through 2 AM – Sections of Valley Stream, North Valley Stream, Lynbrook, North Lynbrook, Elmont, Franklin Square and Malverne.  Adulticide application by truck will be conducted and bounded by the following geographical areas:

Dutch Broadway on the North

Merrick Road on the South

Whitehall Street to Franklin Avenue on the East

Ormonde Boulevard to Sobro Avenue to Elmont Road on the West

       

Tuesday, July 31st, 7 PM through 2 AM – Sections of East Massapequa, North Massapequa, Massapequa, Massapequa Park, Lakeview, Lynbrook, North Lynbrook, Rockville Centre, Malverne, Malverne Oaks, South Hempstead and West Hempstead.  Adulticide application by truck will be conducted and bounded by the two following geographical areas:

Area 1:  

Jerusalem Avenue on the North

Merrick Road on the South

Cartwright Boulevard to Broadway on the East

Hicksville Road on the West

Area 2: 

Southern State Parkway on the North

Peninsula Boulevard to Lakeview Avenue on the South

Long Beach Road on the East

Hempstead Avenue on the West.

Wednesday, August 1st, 7 PM through 2 AM – Sections of Bayville, Locust Valley, East Meadow, Hicksville, Levittown, Plainview, Plainedge and Bethpage.  Adulticide application by truck will be conducted and bounded by the two following geographical areas:

Area 1: 

East of Bayville Road to West Harbor Drive.

Area 2: 

Old Country Road on the North

Hempstead Turnpike on the South

Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway on the East

Carman Avenue on the West

Thursday, August 2nd, 7 PM through 2 AM – Sections of Old Bethpage, Bethpage, Farmingdale, Plainview and Plainedge.  Adulticide application by truck will be conducted and bounded by the two following geographical areas:

Old Country Road on the North

Hempstead Turnpike on the South

Route 110 on the East

Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway on the West

Alternate/Rain Date: Wednesday, August 8th.

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

When:

Weather permitting, the planned schedule for ground treatment will be on Monday, July 30th, Tuesday, July 31st, Wednesday, August 1st, and Thursday, August 2nd  beginning at 7 P.M. and ending no later than 2 A.M.

What: 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 at: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Health/index.html

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