Mosquito Spraying Over Napeague and Accabonac Starting Thursday

Suffolk County’s division of vector control is scheduled to spray by helicopter over Napeague and Accabonac Harbors sometime between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. In eastern Southampton Town, spraying is planned in North Sea.

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

Should weather conditions prevent the completion of the work, which includes areas throughout Suffolk County, 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 other 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 631-852-4939.