Yes, Vector Control is back, having had their funding renewed by The Suffolk County Legislature.  So these next three days, as will be the case every two weeks throughout the summer, the copters will be flying again.   We can only hope for the sake of our marshes, that this year it is for the last time.

Please send your complaints about Vector Control copters strafing your neighborhoods and our marshes here:   Vector Control Complaints.    It’s really a county form to complain about mosquitoes, but we are taking what we can get!

Rimmer-Pickering Marsh, One of Dozens The County Plans To Dose

Mosquito spraying destroys marsh habitat and in so doing makes the mosquito problem worse.   The best defense against mosquitoes is nature — dragonflies, fish fry to eat the larvae, bats, purple martins.   Worse, this spraying is not at all connected to public health concerns:   West Nile is carried only by fresh water mosquitoes, the ones that typically hatch right in your backyard.    The spraying is in fact being done to control a nuisance — people are being bitten by salt water mosquitoes hatching in marshes close to summer homes and beaches.

Why won’t Suffolk County embrace the science on this and abandon the futile and destructive practice of mosquito spraying in favor of marsh restoration, so that we can bring back the mosquito’s natural predators?   That would also go a long way towards improving coastal resiliency, which is critical to Long Islanders.   Healthier marshes can take more energy out of storm waves, and protect those nearby.

Why is Suffolk County still using methoprene, an insecticide that is illegal now in Connecticut under most circumstances because it is an ‘arthropod growth inhibitor,’  i.e. insects, spiders, and crustaceans (think lobsters).  It kills a lot more than just mosquitoes.

Here is the press release from Suffolk County as to where the scheduled spraying is to be done.    Use the complaint option to send a message:   Please apply science to our environmental issues rather than pouring toxins on the problem.   Bring back healthy marshes!

July 10, 2017 631-854-0095

The Suffolk County Department of Public Works’ Division of Vector Control plans to treat parts of the following marshes by helicopter to control mosquito larvae. Should weather conditions prevent completion of the work, it will be continued on the next suitable day.

Time and date of the application: July 11-13, 2017, 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Method of application: Low altitude, large droplet liquid application
Name of Pesticide: VectoBac 12AS Liquid Concentrate (Bti – Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) and Altosid Liquid Larvicide Concentrate (Methoprene)
Approximate location(s):

Marshes that will be treated are marked “Yes.”

Town of BabylonTreat?Town of Brookhaven (cont.)Treat?
Sore ThumbYesFireplace NeckYes
Oak BeachYesWertheim NWRYes
Oak Beach NorthManor of St. George
West GilgoYesSmith Point NorthYes
GilgoYesJohns Neck CreekYes
Cedar BeachYesMastic BeachYes
Cedar Beach Golf CourseYesPattersquash Island
Oak IslandYesTown of Southampton
Ox/Helicopter IslandStokes PogesYes
Gilgo IslandJagger LaneYes
Town of IslipApacuck PointYes
Robert Moses CG StationYesMoneybogue BayYes
Clam PondYesWesthampton DunesYes
CaptreeYesDune Rd (Overton)Yes
Gardiner ParkYesMeadow LaneYes
Admiralty/IsbrandtsenNorth Haven
ScullyYesIron Point
Seatuck NWRYesNorth SeaYes
Islip PreserveYesTown of East Hampton
Quintuck CreekYesNapeagueYes
Heckscher State ParkYesBeach HamptonYes
Timber PointAccabonac HarborYes
Idle HourPendingTown of Riverhead
Pepperidge HallPendingIndian IslandYes
Ludlows CreekYesOverlook – AquebogueYes
West Oak RecreationYesCrescent Duck FarmYes
West Sayville GCPendingAquebogue FarmYes
Namkee CreekYesMillar FarmYes
Town of Brookhaven Union Ave
Sayville YCYesPier Avenue
Stillman CreekYesTown of Southold
Pine Neck Ave. (Swan River)YesNew SuffolkYes
Roe Ave. (Mud Creek)YesGreat Hog NeckYes
Abets CreekYesKerwin Blvd.Yes
Hedges CreekYesPipes Neck CreekYes
Lyman MarshYesPipes CoveYes
Bellport BayYesTown of Smithtown
Beaverdam CreekYesSunken Meadow

The products used by Vector Control are registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and are applied in accordance with the required state and federal permits.

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.

For current and future notices and/or further information:
• Suffolk County Division of Vector Control 631-852-4270
• Vector Control and Wetlands Management Long-Term Plan