for West Nile Virus to Continue in Nassau County
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:
Tuesday, August 28th, 8 PM through 4
AM – City of Long
Beach, Atlantic Beach, Atlantic Beach West, East Atlantic Beach, and Lido Beach. Adulticide
application by truck will be conducted in all of these communities west of
the Loop Parkway. Ground
Thursday, August 30th, 8
PM through 4 AM – Sections of Baldwin, Baldwin
Harbor, and Oceanside. Ground
by truck will be conducted within the following geographical
Davison Avenue to Brower Avenue to Atlantic Avenue on
Eastern Boulevard on the East
Long Beach Road 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
When: Weather permitting, the planned schedule for
ground treatment will be on Tuesday, August 28th and Thursday, August 30th
beginning at 8 PM and ending no later than 4 AM.
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
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